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    It fell out of a tree at my moms house. The kids found it and we set up a cage for it and they are calling it Luna. Luna is a Luna moth. They keep the green color as they become moths. They eat leaves off of birch trees(which it fell out of). My daughter did some research on it before i agreed to keep it. So it is in a 10 gallon tank and the kids are going to keep track of it and watch it cocoon and turn into a moth. They are one of the largest moths here. Can get up to 4 and a half inches across. :)

    Luna right before we got it's tank ready. :)
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    forgot to mention that Luna will be set free after it becomes a moth. :)

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    Cool!!! The metamorphosis thing is a true miracle of God!! So neat that you are letting the kids see it happen.

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    We would find these on the side of the bard at our old house in North Carolina. They are beautiful and HUGE.

    Can get up to 4 and a half inches across.
    I have never seen one SMALLER than a dinner plate. Can't wait to see yours. Keep us posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack
    Cool!!! The metamorphosis thing is a true miracle of God!! So neat that you are letting the kids see it happen.
    The kids were so excited about it. I have to make a good top for the tank so the cats can't get to it. I really don't like bugs that much, but as a moth, they are beautiful.

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    Wow, that is soooooo COOL!! Maybe you could take us along with pictures of the process?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrhboxers
    We would find these on the side of the bard at our old house in North Carolina. They are beautiful and HUGE.

    Can get up to 4 and a half inches across.
    I have never seen one SMALLER than a dinner plate. Can't wait to see yours. Keep us posted.
    Oh, goodness!!! I've never seen one that big. We found one at work that had died and it was between 4-5 inches. The site my daughter was on said about 4 and a half inches. I can't wait to see how big this one gets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn
    Wow, that is soooooo COOL!! Maybe you could take us along with pictures of the process?
    Yes, I will do that. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrhboxers
    We would find these on the side of the bard at our old house in North Carolina. They are beautiful and HUGE.

    Can get up to 4 and a half inches across.
    I have never seen one SMALLER than a dinner plate. Can't wait to see yours. Keep us posted.
    We have these all over our place! They are huge and beautiful :)

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    What a great learning experience for them!

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    These are my favorite moths! I even like them more than butterflies. Do keep us updated with pics!

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    Thats going to be so cool! make sure WE all get to see to!!

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    How fascinating! It's a real beauty and I look forward to seeing regular updates of the progress of your new pet :thumbup:

    Here's a link to info:

    http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/luna_moth.htm

    I was lucky enough to have hands on with another huge moth, a Peacock Moth, while I was living over in Spain :-D

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    Now that's my way of letting kids learn!

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    It's fun to watch and the luna moths are so beautiful.

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    So today, my daughter let me know that Luna is wrapped up in a cocoon already. I tried to take a pic of it, but it didn't turn out so well. I can't believe it happened that quick

    Luna is in the white cocoon surrounded by leaves.
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    What a great and fun project for your kids :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    What a great and fun project for your kids :D:D:D
    It will be fun to watch this with them. I've never seen this before. The kids are very excited about it.

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