We had a brief downpour of rain this afternoon. I don't know if it was the weight of the wet leaves or what, but just as it was ending, I was in my kitchen, when I saw something sort of large plop down on the hummingbird feeder outside my kitchen window. From the corner of my eye, I thought it was a leaf, but when I looked out the window, a luna moth was perched on the feeder -
It's good to see a luna moth! If it were a female, I'd put it in a butterfly cage, unzip the cage just enough that a male could get in, and wait for the suitors to arrive late tonight. Female lunas have combs, but they're small, and this guy's looks too big for him to be a female. So, he'll leave tonight.
One interesting thing, you're supposed to know for sure that a luna moth has overwintered by the burgundy colored edging around the wings. This luna moth doesn't appear to have any - if you squint, you can see a very thin, VERY faint burgundy line around the edge, but it's the least I've ever seen on a March moth. Maybe he's just old and faded, I don't know. Here's a picture I took a few years? ago for comparison of the edging -
Lunas are my favorite moth!