Did you know that there are 11,000 species of moths — more than 10 times the number of butterfly species. Moths can be smaller than the tip of your pinky or nearly a foot across.
Moths are master mimics. Some look like wasps, others look like hummingbirds and still others, like our luna, have eye-spots on their wings to fool predators into thinking they are much larger creatures.
That long, pretty tail isn't just for show, either. In flight, the swirling tail sends out sound waves that conflict with those of the flapping wings. This can disturb a bat's echolocation and allow the luna to escape becoming a bat's dinner,
Follow the directions to draw this fancy luna moth, and you'll have a chance to see your artwork published in the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News on Sept. 1, 2018. (And if you have time, click this link to learn to draw a cute duck, too.)
Details for submission are below. Happy drawing! We'll post another drawing lesson next week.
Children are invited to send or email copies of their work to us at the address or the email below. Phone pictures are fine. One drawing weekly will be selected for publication on Sept. 1 and the selected artists will receive a prize.
Be sure to include your name, age, mailing address, and email or phone number.