Actias luna eggs


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She didn’t lay too many eggs for me, and I suspect that she was already several days old when found. Most of her eggs were probably already deposited in the wild. I was surprised because her wings were still in relatively good shape. Trying to obtain this species any other way is probably very difficult. Finding eggs and larvae would be like looking for needles in a haystack. Their cocoons are also very difficult to find because they are well camouflaged and hidden in the leaf litter rather than being affixed to a tree branch.

The female luna moth I had laid a couple of dozen ova for me. I knew that there was a good chance she had already mated, but one can never be 100% sure, and I waited anxiously to see if these ova would hatch. Luckily, about 10 days later, I had a bunch of tiny green and black larvae. Luna moth larvae are solitary feeders throughout their lives.