Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Wildlife Wednesday: Incredible Luna Moth

I participate on Wednesday with Kathy Balman @Kathy's Cluttered Mind and Master Books at Creation Conversations to bring you Wildlife Wednesday. We share our adventures in nature and information about encounters with God's beautiful creation.

The Incredible Luna Moth 
The male have thicker and fuller, feathery antenna so they can find the female. The Luna Moth caterpillars are found in North America and eat a variety of trees. They eat hickory, sweetgum, pecan, and walnut trees (to name a few).  
They have a 4-5 inch wing span. 

Our female Luna Moth: 

We found this beautiful female at the Sheltowee Trace Outfitters in Southern Kentucky. There are plenty of hickory, sweetgum and other trees around for the luna caterpillars to eat in the wooded area near Cumberland Falls. The details of the fine, thin wings are incredibly beautiful. The "eye" shapes on each of the 4 wings are striking as well.

As excited as we were about our whitewater rafting adventure with Sheltowee Trace Outfitters, I was thrilled to see the boys get just as excited about this beautiful moth. God's creation never ceases to amaze. If He has created such beauty here on earth, how much more must be waiting for us when our "life cycle" is done!

 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard,
 neither have entered into the heart of man, 
the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

We do not know if this female has yet laid her eggs, but if so, she will not live much longer, as she will have served her purpose. The eggs are medium sized, dark brown, and circular.  Laying her eggs will complete her life cycle.

For you: 

Luna Moth printout - from Enchanted Learning 
You Tube video about the life cycle

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