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LIFE CYCLE OF A LUNA MOTH

LIFE CYCLE OF A LUNA MOTH

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Luna moth eggs are laid on tree leaves, including the sweetgum, where the caterpillars will have plenty to eat and little competition. After molting several times, the caterpillar creates a cocoon, from which the adult Luna moth emerges, ready to dry its wings and flutter into the night.
Scientific Name: Actias luna
Characteristics: One of the most beautiful and easily recognized moths, the tails at the bottoms of its wings allows the Luna moth to confuse bats and escape predators.
Size and Color: The Luna moth caterpillar shows off its camouflage, confusing predators by blending with its leafy home. The adult moth figure is 3 inches from wingtip to wingtip.
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