Here I sit, trying to focus on a non-food related blog post, and all I can think about are Christmas cookies. (Actually, I’ve been thinking about cookies a lot for the past week.) Instead of visions of sugar plums, I have visions of raspberry thumbprint cookies, molasses cookies, chocolate candy, sugar cookies, and peanut brittle.
Well, I don’t mean literally having visions. If I were seeing imaginary cookies floating around me that would be weird. (And you should be concerned.) Although, I can think of worse things to have visions about.
Allow me to introduce you to the Luna Moth!
(Maybe I should just start this post over again.)
This beautiful moth is one of the largest in North America, and reaches a wingspan of about 4 1/2 inches. Out of all the moths I’ve seen, it’s definitely my favorite. I love its bright color, the “eyes” on the wings, and the fluffy little antenna. It looks so fuzzy I wish I could pet it!
Interesting fact: the Luna Moth’s long “tails” flutter as it flies, which creates confusion for bats who are looking for a snack. If you’ve read a little about bats, you know that they are nocturnal hunters and basically use sonar to locate their prey. The moth’s fluttering tails act a distraction and the bat is more likely to attack the tails, leaving the rest of the moth intact and giving it a chance to escape.