Jul 18

Moth Day

Luna Moth
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Arkansas Luna Moth
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The butterfly's cousin of the night, moths are one of the evening garden's most beautiful companions.

There are many more species of moths than butterflies. Butterflies and skippers (with hooked-shaped antennae) make up 6 -11 percent of Lepidoptera order, while moths make up 89-94 percent.  


While a collective name for a group of butterflies is called a 'kaleidoscope,'  a  group of moths is called an 'eclipse.'


While generally nocturnal, there are some diurnal moths such as the Buck Moth. 

The largest known moths are the Atlas moths (Saturniidae) with wingspans as large as 12 inches.  The smallest moths are from the pygmy moth family (Nepticulidae) with wingspans as small as 3/32nds of an inch.


By designer Carol A.L. Martin, this tartan was created after the designer "saw (a Luna Moth) in my backyard on a lilac bush - a huge pale green moth with markings like little yellow eyes and white stripes."

Known as the "Giant Silkworm Moths, " Luna Months have a wingspan of four and a half inches. They fly only at night in spring and early summer.  

For a video on the lifecycle of the Luna Moth, click the Arkansas Luna Moth!

Officially registered tartan graphics on this site courtesy of The Scottish Tartans Authority.  Other tartans from talented tartan artists may also be featured.

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