I overwintered about a dozen luna moth cocoons. A male emerged earlier this spring and left the cage as soon as it got dark. A female emerged yesterday, so about 9:00 p.m. or so, after it had gotten really dark, I opened the cage door. About 9:30 I went out with a flashlight, and a male was already there! Lunas don't usually call until around ?midnight, or so I thought, since males don't usually show up until then, but this guy didn't waste any time! And I never heard a sound on the porch, so there was apparently no flopping around trying to find the female. This female is small, but the male is BIG!
Anyway, they've been coupled since 9:30 last night. I didn't want to open the cage door earlier to make their picture and risk scaring them into uncoupling. That happened once before, and the female spilled far more eggs than I wanted to raise. Chances are, if she stays with him until she's ready to leave, she'll only spill a few eggs in the cage, maybe none.
Unfortunately, the flash doesn't work on the cheap camera, so this picture, taken late in the evening, is very bad. But lunas are so beautiful to me, they're always worth looking at -
'Can't wait for my new camera!