Best of 2012 - WickedDark
I found this GORGEOUS luna moth on a striped maple in the Harris Center trails in Hancock.  It's only the 2nd I've seen in my life and this one was newly emerged and terribly vulnerable as he pumped up those tremendous wings.  The backlighting was a bonus.  They are considered and endangered species.

I found this GORGEOUS luna moth on a striped maple in the Harris Center trails in Hancock. It's only the 2nd I've seen in my life and this one was newly emerged and terribly vulnerable as he pumped up those tremendous wings. The backlighting was a bonus. They are considered and endangered species.

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