Consider the Lilys

Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
If God so clothe the grass, which is today in the field, and tomorrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, oh ye of little faith? Luke 12:27,28

Monday, August 24, 2015

Raising Luna Moths: Hatch Time

Well so far 2 tiny caterpillars have hatched. I found one this morning before I left the house, and another one when I got back a couple hours later. They are so tiny, and cute. 
I am feeding them Hickory leaves. They stay on the underside of the leaves.

I think their little facial markings are adorable. I took these pictures of them with the macro setting on my phone. It isn't the best camera, but it takes fairly decent pictures.

Babies and Mom
It's amazing these tiny, fuzzy, little worm like creatures will grow up to become huge beautiful Lunas.
This is what I am starting the little caterpillars in. A small plastic storage container with pieces of hickory leaves, and a lid, but no air holes. According to everything I read, this is one of the best ways to keep them, especially when they first hatch.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Raising Luna Moths: The Eggs

I found a female luna at my door the other evening. I put her in a container and she had laid some eggs by the next morning. She continued to lay eggs for the next couple days. If she was already mated those eggs will be fertile. A couple days after I found her, a male showed up. I placed him in with her in, case she had not mated before. After they mated, she laid several more clusters of eggs. I released them both the next night.

Female Luna moth

I transferred all the eggs to an aquarium and covered the top with plastic, as everything I find on raising lunas, say it's best to hatch them in a container with no air holes

Luna Moth eggs

The eggs are supposed to take anywhere from 8-13 days, so the latest date for the last eggs laid is August 28th. All that are going to hatch should hatch by then.