She Left Orphans at My Front Door!
Last night a luna moth flew onto my front porch and fluttered around the light, like she was disoriented in all that light. She flew onto the screen door and laid a group of eggs right there! I'm presently raising a group of lunas, but, since she only left 29 eggs (if my count is correct) I guess I'll raise these, too - 29 is a manageable number, especially since the present group has grown fast and many are near cocooning size. This female may very well have been one that I recently released - at least I know they're mating and hopefully, laying eggs on leaves! :)
I actually watched as she laid the eggs - there is a little gizmo that comes out that positions the eggs, which I had never seen.
I'm also raising some pipevine swallowtails, a spicebush swallowtail, and my first giant swallowtail emerged today. I've got plenty of giant chrysalides left, plus some black swallowtail chrysalides, two of which are piggy-backed. I've got one red-spotted purple chrysalis, and I think I'll bring in some more red-spotted purple cats to raise.
This heat is terrible!