Wayne County, IL


Luna Moth

Picture courtesy of Michael J. Von Gebel


Luna Moths belong to the Saturniidae family, also known as "Giant Silkworm Moths."

Luna moths have a wingspan of 4 1/2 inches.  They have a white body, pink legs, and huge pale gree wings. They fly only at night during the Spring and early Summer.  The female Luna Moth lays eggs on the bottom of Black Walnut leaves.  She will lay up to 200 eggs in small groups.  You can tell a male from a female, because males have larger, bushier antennae.  Thanks to our cat Mistoffelees (in the background)  who raised such ruckus at the window over this moth, he got my attention and I grabbed my camera and was able to get a really good photo.




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