About the Project

The ZooTrophy Animal-a-Day project began on October 15th, 2013 as illustrator Angela "LemurKat" Oliver began working her way, systematically but selectively, through the alphabet and presenting, via social media, an illustrated animal to the world. Daily.

All pieces are drawn as 2.5 x 3.5 inch collectible cards, using a combination of polychromos and prismacolor pencils, along with other art materials. Many are still available for purchase ($10) or trade, so drop her an email if anything captures your eye or if there is an animal you wish to request.

It is predicted this project will take her at least two years to complete - with approximately 36 animals being drawn for each letter. She has also used the images to create a collectible hardback encyclopedia series, playing cards and a desk calendar, as well as the ZooTrophy collectible trading card game.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Creature Feature #477: Moon Moth

Moon Moth is the common name given to various species of the Saturniid Silk moths. These include the largest species of moth - the Atlas Moth - as well as the Emperor Gum Moth, the Imperial Moth and the Madagascar Comet Moth, all of which have already been featured. Therefore its additional here is almost redundant, but I felt I needed to have at least one moth species for M - and this one gives me alliteration as well. However, of all the moth species, the Moon Moths are the most spectacular, closely followed by the hawkmoths - of which I've only draw two so far - and the Wasp Moths, which I am totally looking forwarrd to drawing (polka-dot wasp moth, here we come!).

Of course, I should have gone Malaysian Moon Moth for the full effect, but I chose instead to draw this colourful speciman, the Spanish Moon Moth. Her larvae feed on a diet of pine needles, and have very specific eating requirements, being reluctant to dine on the leaves of non-native Pinus trees. The Moth typically spends 6 weeks in caterpillar form, before pupating under leaves. Here she remains over the winter months, emerging with the spring to mate, lay her eggs and then die because, as I am sure you already know, adult Moon Moths cannot feed.

I'm just surprised I skipped the Luna Moth.

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