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Jun 9, 2015 11:18 PM CST

So I have a luna moth that hatched recently and I'll be letting her go quite soon. I'm a bit perplexed as to if this is an egg... or frass. If it's the latter, it's going in the trash. I should also add this is up on a wall and not on the floor. Any help would be appreciated :)


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Jun 10, 2015 2:08 AM CST
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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Luna Moth:

100-300 eggs are laid four to seven at a time on the undersides of leaves; they are incubated by both parents for eight to thirteen days.


There's a photo of the eggs which can be enlarged, does it look like it could be an egg? Moths would mate and lay their eggs very soon after emerging, nature often doesn't allow them to live for long so time is of essence to survival. If you caught the moth straight after it emerged then it won't have had chance to mate, nor incubate the eggs. Often, a 'spare' egg is laid away from the rest.

http://www.robinsonlibrary.com...

A close up shot of eggs ..

http://www.facepunch.com/threa...

If it's not these eggs, it might be an insect of some sort at a certain stage so I would watch it.
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Jun 10, 2015 2:33 AM CST

They do look extremely similar to what the luna moth left behind. Thanks Smiling
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Jun 10, 2015 4:05 AM CST
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
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You're welcome. I tip my hat to you.
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