Luna Moths & Toads

Luna Moth

My father found a luna moth (actias luna) larva in the yard on the leaves of a branch blown down in the wind. He saved it and it emerged while we visited.

What an extraordinary creature. So very fuzzy and the antennas make it look like the NSA’s own personal moth. I have a second, overhead, shot which isn’t as dramatic.

A luna moth only lives for about seven days. No digestive system needed. Its sole purpose is to find a mate and propagate the species.

Toad House

Dad also noticed that one of the seedlings in a tray of about 25 had quite a bit of disturbed soil around it and appeared to have been pushed out of the pot a bit.

Something had clearly been digging in the pot. When he picked up the pot, it chirped! Whoever dug up the pot was calling it home and was clearly at home!

Toad House

It was a toad! Quite a happy looking little bugger, though a bit bleary eyed from being so rudely awakened.

Actually, there were hundreds of toads and frogs around the house and in the valley. Tons and tons. This is truly a great sign as the population was down over the last few years.

As it turns out, the health of the amphibian population in any given area is often a very good indicator of the presence or absence of air and water pollution. Got pollution? Very few frogs, what remains are sickly.



2 Responses to “Luna Moths & Toads”

  1. Dave Verwer says:

    Fantastic shot of the moth, superb.

  2. Dawn says:

    I found one on my door tonight, so it made me wonder what it was so i looked it up. Great picture!

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