While I am sitting on a log, making notes on my map, a fluttering on the forest floor catches my eye. It is a luna moth batting its' wings like a maniac. I wonder if it has just burst from the cocoon.
It figures out the flying thing pretty quickly and it is gone.
Looking at the life cycle pictures I realize I had a luna moth caterpillar in my hands the day before.
Snapped a quick picture, but did not interfere with the moths fight for flight.
Eggs to Adults. A beginners guide
Butterflies and Moths of North America
This is the location I observed the moth. map