I discovered this Luna Moth at 3:00 in the afternoon near my house here in Arkansas. This was back on April 1, 2016. You can see in my photo that it has lost a hind wing. Luna Moths will climb somewhere safe to wait for their wings to harden before they can fly away. You will also notice eye spots on the main wings. These spots help to confuse potential predators.

I count myself lucky to see the Luna Moths because they have such a short life span (1 week).

Luna Moth Missing Hind Wing
Luna Moth Missing Hind Wing

How I Got The Shot – Luna Moth Missing Hind Wing

I was hand-holding a Canon EOS 7D Mark II with a Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens attached.

Camera Settings

  • AV Mode
  • Back-button focus
  • Aperture f6.3
  • ISO 800
  • Shutter speed – 1/2000 sec.
  • Auto White Balance
  • Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Multi Metering
  • Focal Length – 400 mm

Here is a photo of a Luna Moth with both hind wings. I took this photo back on May 2015. Its main wing is a little tattered. I took this on the same tree as the one above.

Luna Moth
Luna Moth

I see a lot of Eastern Tent Caterpillars here in the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas.