'Endangered' Luna Moths

Dr. James Adams JADAMS at carpet.dalton.peachnet.edu
Wed Sep 17 18:44:32 EDT 1997

James Kruse responded to Chuck Vaugn:
> Chuck Vaughn wrote:
> > 300 miles must be an exaggeration because a 300 mile radius from Chicago
> > extends into several states. Has anybody placed a captive female outside
> > to see if any males arrive?
> Luna moths are abundant in Newburg, Wisconsin, just north of Milwaukee.
> I have also collected them 2 miles south of West Bend, Wisconsin.
> > The strangest experience occurred last June when I had a female Cecropia
> > confined to a cage outside. She attracted a male Ceanothus moth!
> Actually, the species in the genus Hyalophora have very similar pheromone.
> I have attracted H. columbia in the UP of Michigan using cecropia females,
> and also H. euryalis (ceanothus moth) in California using cecropia
> females. Hybrids are exquisite...

Actually, the Ceanothus Moth is in the genus Samia, though even
intergeneric similarities in pheromones are reasonably common in the 
saturniids.  The likelihood of this cross-generic attraction is made 
even more reasonable when one realizes that the Ceanothus Moth is an 
import -- as Cecropia and Ceanothus moths would not have originally 
been found together in nature, there would certainly have been no 
possibility for confusion and no selection for different pheromonal 

James Adams

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