'Endangered' Luna Moths

Chris Raper triocomp at dial.pipex.com
Tue Sep 16 12:05:54 EDT 1997

On 15 Sep 1997 21:32:51 -0500, lday at iquest.net wrote:

>An added point is that the moth may be doing fine in much of its range,
>but if you're a 10-year-old kid who likes bugs, and luna has been
>extirpated from the area where you live, it doesn't do you much good!
>:-(  I would have killed to see a luna moth during my childhood in the
>overdeveloped suburbs of Chicago.  I only saw them in field guides.
>I could hardly believe it when, as an adult, I saw them by the dozen
>in southern Illinois (300 miles from anywhere I could have ridden my bike
>to as a child).  People need nature where they live.

Mmm - I like elephants but I don't expect to see them roaming the
fields around the UK countryside - unless there has been a breakout
from a Safari Park!  :-)

If there are no lunas within 300 miles of Chicago it would suggest to
me that they have either suffered from _massive_ habitat loss, a
devistating foreign disease or they simply don't live there because
the conditions have never been right :-\

Chris R.

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