interesting that your user name is moon and luna means moon and that is how the luna moth got its name
If they lived longer they would become my pets. They are large, but not the largest. This female only had about a 4" w/s (wingspan) but the male 5.2". The cecropia is the largest (I have some pics of them elsewhere on that webshots site) with a w/s which can exceed 6", my largest was 6.25".
As adult moths they do not feed, thus live 5-10 days. It is all about reproduction! I have been breeding several species native to the northeast for 8 years. It's a wonderful endeavor, but the caterpillars take a lot of work and feed for up to 3 months (most about 2months). I'll be updating that site throughout the season if you want to check back. I also have pics of my, now passed, veiled chameleon named Luna. When I first got her she would go directly to the top of her cage and walk around upside down in a circle like a moth as soon as I put her lights out! lol! and with her lovely all green color at that age Luna was a perfect fit
Amazing pics. I've always wanted to see one in real life. Most people think that butterflies are the "pretty" ones until i show them pics of guys like these. Some moths put all butterflies to shame imo.