Life Cycle of a Luna Moth
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.