Beautiful wings

Last night there were two very large reddish moths flying around the outdoor floodlight. It was hard to get a good look at them because they wouldn’t sit still very long. But this afternoon we found this one warming herself in the sun on the deck. The Peterson Field Guide to Eastern Moths shows that it is a female Promethea Moth, one of the giant silkmoths. Her body and legs are covered with “fur” and she sports two fabulous plumed antennae. It was a treat to see her and watch her for a little while before she fluttered away.

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