Luna Moth [Actias luna]

    This Luna Mouth was encountered on the bank of a small lake in southeastern Duval County, Florida on 3/9/2007. When initially spotted, it was in flight from the ground to high up in a nearby tree. At that time it was believed to be a colorful bird or a mating pair of butterflies and it wasn't until later when the telephoto digital images were reviewed that the critter involved was identified. Although Luna Moths are reported not uncommon, this is the first specimen ever seen by this photographer.