"I am from Minnesota and look what showed up at one of our bonfires a few weeks ago. I did a search for green moth with eyes on wings and I got you. How about that, I love the web! Can you tell me some things about this moth. I would like to share it with all the people that saw it that night."
It is a Luna moth and a beauty, isn’t it?
It never eats as an adult – it has NO mouth parts. It hatches and eats one of several plants. I use Sweet Gum to feed the caterpillars. They can’t hurt you. They make a cocoon and pupate into a pupa inside the cocoon. They then emerge as adults with no mouthparts, pair and then die in about one week.
They are one of the most recognized moths – used in the Lunesta commercials.
Although silk moth cocoons are used to make silk thread, Luna moth cocoon silk is too fine for use for that purpose.