moths are one of our most beautiful moths. If you are
fortunate to come across a Luna moth, take a few moments
to pause and enjoy it. There is no way to capture a
Luna moth's beauty with a photograph. And in death,
mounted specimens fade and lose their brillant coloring.
Lunas are members of the Giant Silkworm family (Saturniidae
spp.) along with the Cercropia moth. The Luna moth is
a large moth with a wingspan of 7.6 - 10.2 cm (3 - 4
nocturnal moths are found in deciduous forests. They
can also be found in urban areas. The primary food for
the caterpillars is white birch, alder, persimmon, sweet
gum, hickory, walnut, or sumac trees.
after emerging from their cocoons, adult Luna moth females
emit a chemical pheromone to attract males for mating.
The male Luna moth uses his "feathery" antenna
to search out the females by following the pheromone.
Luna moths live about one week and during that time,
do not eat anything. The adult moths do not have functional
mouthparts. They have to live on the energy stored in
their bodies during their larval stage (when they were
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