Luna Moth



     The luna moth is clearly still kickin, which means it must have some evolutionary adaptations that allow for its continued existence. Some of these adaptations are morphological, and some are related to lifestyle habits, but all have helped the luna moth to fend off predators and continue to reproduce.

 Actias luna circled eyespots
    One of the visible adaptations is the four large eyespots located on the luna moth wings. These large colored scales are meant to confuse predators into thinking that the luna moth is even larger than it is.  The sheer size of the luna moth is also an easily noticed adapted characteristic that again makes its predators think it is a large dangerous animal, and not just a small moth. (


     The most advantageous adaptation the luna moth possesses would be its green coloration in both the caterpillar and adult stages. As a caterpillar, it is mobile, but barely. Blending in so well with leaves and other foliage helps to camouflage the caterpillar while it is trying to eat and grow. As an adult, the luna moth is only really active at night, but during the day it doesn't just disappear. It rests in its habitat of shrub and foliage and also blends in extremely well. This helps to protect the adult and the caterpillar from being preyed upon.

     One of the more interesting adaptations is seen in the luna Luna moth caterpillarmoth caterpillar. The caterpillar can make a clicking noise with its mandibles and also spit up yucky food when a threat is sensed. Both of these actions discourage predators from consuming the otherwise extremely vulnerable caterpillar. (  Another adaptation on the caterpillar is the spiny tubercules. This small spike looking hairs are there to make the caterpillar look less apetizing to a hungry predator.

     This organism has multiple impressive adaptation that allow for it to survive and reproduce successfully. Its bright green color is not only beautiful, but is nature's best camouflage as well.

To link to the luna moth Homepage, click here.
To read some interesting facts about the luna moth, click here.
To learn more about the reproduction of the luna moth, click here.
To view the gallery, click here.