A Luna Tale
My Luna actias have started eclosing recently, and I let four of them go and kept one really nice female. I put her out on the patio on the ground Saturday night and nothing seemed to happen. Then yesterday, I found a male luna that the body had been eaten on it. I'm sure it is all the frogs that live on my patio and eat the butterflies, etc that don't get away. So I moved the cage up on one of the plant shelves.
Last night I woke up a couple of times and wondered if there might be a male outside, but I just couldn't bring myself to get up and go check. This morning I found the cage knocked over. The female was alone, but there were eggs on the netting. Then I saw the male, he was above the cage up on the siding. I released the female and was going to get the camera to take a photo of her. I saw another male near the door. I took pictures of the three lunas, and for some reason looked up. We have sky lights. I counted a dozen luna moths! They were in the skylights, on the ceiling. A whole lot of males looking for some action!
We've lived here for 6 years and I've never seen a luna moth around. I always thought there had to be some in the area. Now, I've got my answer! And eggs for a new generation.