NABOKV-L post 0013495, Tue, 10 Oct 2006 10:18:23 -0700

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Addenda to Luna Moth note
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Some Luna caterpillars will use a leaf wrap while others descend to spin up among whatever ground protection they can find. Mature larvae "clear their guts" with a loose, runny stool just prior to cocooning.

EDnote: leaf wrap = sarcophagus?

Like the adult moth the larva instars are pale green--of possible significance given the novel's association of green with death. Cf Hazel


Don jOHNSON


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