THE LIVING MUSEUM
Illinois State Museum Springfield, Illinois
Located on Fifth Floor of Centennial Building
Vol. 1., No. 2 June 1939
A monthly guide to a keener understanding' of
the Illinois State Museum as a living thing-
a Museum whose exhibits are planned for popular enjoyment without loss of scientific
LUNA MOTH(x -1/:3)
A moth is a strange.
creature. You miay see it
fluttering aimlessly around
a street-light; clinging to
a tree; or flying across your
The life-cycle is a complicated. In the space of a year-
an egg, a caterpillar, a
cocoon, a moth. Yet after all
this, the adult lives only a
week or so. Many moths emerge
from the cocoon in June,l and in
half an hour the tiny crumpled wings grow to a
great, velvety, seven-inch span.
All the giant silk-worm moths are harmless.
They can neither sting, nor devour clothing.
They have no mouth-parts or digestite systems.
As caterpillars they eat ravenously, but matured, they live only to mate, lay eggs, and die.
These moths are all exquisite. The green,
Luna is one of the loveliest, and there are
the rust-red and brown Cocropia, the pale tan
Polyphemus with blue- peacock-eye spots, the
black and wine Promethea, the yellow Emperor.
Watch for these moths in your. garden, and for
a closer examination, come into the north
corridor of the State Museum.
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