Luna moths In Black Rock

The first one, low to the ground on a block wall.

The first one, low to the ground on a block wall.

(Originally posted on 9-20-2009)

I spotted the first of two Luna Moths in broad daylight on September 15 2009 at the convenience store just west of the bridge at Black Rock. I had run into the store to use the bathroom and came back out. I already had my car door open and one leg in when it caught my eye, stuck to the wall about a foot above the ground. I froze for a minute in mid movement. Re-adjusted myself and grabbed my camera. Half expecting it to fly away before I could capture it on film I approached slowly and snapped several pictures the closer I got.

Satisfied with my photos I stood gazing at it for a few minutes and glanced around to see if there was anything else of interest since I had the camera out. Looking up I caught sight of the second one high on the same wall. So I photographed it also. Neither one of them budged.

I was overwhelmed with the desire to capture the lower of the two but choose to leave it where it rested. This is the second time I have seen Luna Moths in daylight.

The second moth, less than eight feet away high up on the wall under the eaves.

The second moth, less than eight feet away high up on the wall under the eaves.

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