Monday, September 3, 2012
Luna Moth Cocoons available to North East Texas Science Teachers
The staff at the Jarvis Christian College - East Texas Natural History Collection are in the process of raising some Luna Moth caterpillars - Actias luna - with the intention to distribute the cocoons to classrooms in North East Texas. The East Texas Natural History Collection is located on the Jarvis Christian College campus near Hawkins Texas. The moth that laid these eggs was captured during a ETNHC expedition in association with the National Moth Week event held during the Week of July 23 - 29th, 2012.
The female laid 143 eggs of which 102 have hatched and are being reared at this moment.The caterpillars are being raised on America Sweetgum - Liquidambar styraciflua leaves. They are
currently in their final stage (each stage is called an instar) and will shed their skins and grow through at least a total of 5 stages. The caterpillars at hatching are less than 1/4 in length
but will grow to 3-1/2 inches just before spinning their cocoons.
The cocoons should be ready for distribution in late September. At this time (09-03-2012) we have 50 or so cocoons but that number is subject to change. Cocoons will be distributed on a first come first served basis until all cocoons have been dispersed.
If you are an educator or home schooler and wish to have some cocoons for your classroom please write to us at the email address below. These cocoons will either eclose later this year or early
next Spring. As the Luna Moth - Actias luna - is a native species to North East Texas the adults may safely be released into the wild.
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
[09/05/2012] The Luna Moth pupae have started eclosing and we are releasing the adults here in the local neighborhood. So far we have had great success
with nearly all of the moths that have eclosed having great wings and being flight ready.
[09/15/2012] We received a request from Mrs. Ashley Green - via Bea Taylor to have a set of Luna cocoons sent her way. Mrs. Green is a teacher at Douglas Elementary in the Tyler ISD. She teaches a Science Lab.
In an email she said "I would love for my children to get a chance to see the beautiful Luna Moths." We shipped a set of 6 cocoons to her that day. We hope they arrived safe and sound and will keep updating this thread as more requests come in.
Bob Nuelle, Jr.
East Texas Natural History Collection
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