As adults, Luna Moths do not feed. They must rely on the food they stored as caterpillars in order to survive long enough to reproduce.Continue Reading
Luna Moth caterpillars eat almost any kind of tree leaf like the persimmon and white birch leaf. Like butterflies, they eat as much as they can when they are caterpillars to prepare them for the metamorphosis that will turn them into large, spectacular Luna Moths.
Because a Luna Moth doesn't feed, it has a very short lifespan, only living for about a week. Once a Luna Moth has come out of its chrysalis and its wings have dried, females begin searching for a mate. In order to reproduce, a female releases a chemical to attract a male. The pair mate after midnight and the female then lays her eggs. A female Luna Moth lays around 200 eggs in small groups. The eggs hatch, releasing bright green caterpillars that once again begin the cycle for these short-lived moths.
Luna Moths are some of the largest moths in the United States. This species can be found in North America and its range extends from the Great Plains to northern Mexico. They reach adulthood from early June to early July. They have long tails and eye spots on all four wings and a wingspan of more than 4 inches.Learn more about Butterflies & Moths
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Lepidoptera is the term for the scientific order that includes moths as well as butterflies. Members of the animal kingdom, butterflies are further classified as members of the arthropod phylum and the insect class.Full Answer >
The eggs of the tomato hornworm are deposited in late spring by adult moths on the underside of leaves. Within five days, hatching beings, and the larva passes through about six stages of development before reaching full growth within four weeks. These larvae burrow into the soil to enter the pupal stage. Adults develop in two to four weeks, and then they make their way to the soil surface.Full Answer >