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RE: back to Bonnie's larva

Cathy, we had a Luna on our corner in Ohio, too.  They are breath-taking

Donna, you are quite right.  I had e-mailed an entomologist Thursday night
too.  He confirms it is Hyalophora cecropia, too.  Reading up a tiny bit
more about the moth, it makes sense it was coming down out of my elm.  One
article gave the food sources as "cherry, plum, apple, elderberry, box
elder, maple, birch and willow, but will also feed on linden, elm, sassafras
and lilac."  I have plum, cherry, maple, willow, elm and lilac in the yard.

It looks like I'll have to wait until the May/June timeframe to start
looking for the moth and I will have to be very diligent as it only lives 2
weeks.  (It cannot feed as a moth.  It is only around for the mating game.)
With a little good fortune, maybe I can catch a photo!

No, Jim, I didn't use any crafting skills for that shot.  Nature is more
skillful than I can or will ever be!  I can't speak to the projections but
an article said they had many, many enemies--enough that they never become
pests, even at my caterpillar's voracious size.  He does look pretty alien
though!  I look around the yard and I just see miracles everywhere!

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of cathy carpenter
Sent: Saturday, August 21, 2004 1:17 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] back to Bonnies larva

Only saw a luna once...will never forget it! There are probably more in 
Florida than up here in Illinois (sigh).
On Friday, August 20, 2004, at 04:33 PM, james singer wrote:

> I think from childhood we are conditioned to disrespect moths because 
> they eat hole in our woolens. The luna moth has got to be one of the 
> most gloriest [is this a word?] of all flying insects--and a 
> compelling reason to grow moon flowers.

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