Luna Moth (roadside, Acadia National Park, Maine)

Luna1 - Version 3

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Spotted this moth in the short grass alongside the road at 40mph!  This is a large moth, five inches across.  They have no working mouthparts and only live about a week after emerging from their cocoon.  They are nocturnal, but this one was in such short grass that it couldn’t get a long enough down-beat with its wings to take off, so it was stuck out in the open in daylight.  After photographing it, I gave it a lift and it flew off into the forest.  Fuji X-Pro1, 35mm, 1/180th @ f5.6, ISO 200

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