"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

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Donna Baker

Friday, August 17, 2012

Actius Luna

This is a gouache of a Luna moth I did some time ago. I painted it from an actual deceased moth I found outside.  What is really interesting is that when we built our house 29 years ago, we cleared out a thicket wreathed in oak trees.  That summer, and every year since then, in the side yard,  Luna moths return to the same exact place, fat white bodies full of eggs.  How in the world these future offspring/eggs know where to return each summer is simply unimaginable to me.


  1. great moth study....good to take the time to get to know our insect neighbors. I always think the worst of caterpillars and moths....but they are truly lovely( when they aren't eating my plants!)

  2. Lovely moth painting! Lucky you to get to paint it from life. Well, not alive life but in person!
    I have never seen a luna moth except in photos. They look amazing! (and big!)

  3. That is one lovely moth! Feels odd saying that tho


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