Friday, May 25, 2007

05.25.07 LUNAR LIGHT

As the sun rose this morning it revealed a beautiful Luna Moth (Acties luna) which had come to rest on our back porch in the night. The luna moth is a particularly remarkable moth for its size, color, and wing tails. My family is always excited to see one. I was surprised in taking the close up photo how little head there is on this moth. It turns out that adult luna moths have no mouth! They live only one week and for the sole purpose of mating and laying eggs. They require no food at all during this time. The image of this moth is now recognizable to most Americans as it was recently coopted as the logo for a new drug by a huge pharamaceutical company.

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