Hey, kids: Draw this fancy moth for a chance to have your artwork published!

Art Thief display art for luna moth. Amy Raudenbsuh #submittedImage

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.

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1: Start with a light vertical pencil guideline that can be erased later. The head, thorax, abdomen, and antennae will be centered on this line. Carefully draw the top of the wings in the bow shape as shown. The bottom of the wings have a flat area that lines up with the bottom of the abdomen.


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2: The bottom wings are composed of a series of complex shapes. You may find it useful to sketch in or just imagine the oval space between the long swallow tails. Take your time, and you’ll get it right. You can now erase your guidelines.


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3: The eye-spots on the top wings angle downward toward the body. The eye-spots on the bottom wings are nearly round. Add the areas that will become the purple border on the top and bottom wings. The top eye-spots rest inside teardrop shapes. Most of the veins grow in wishbone shapes.


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4: Notice the white areas near the thorax and along the bottom of the top wings. Start with a very pale green and build up darker tones along the veins, and where the wings are closest to the pale-yellow body. Add the purple border to the top and edges of the wings. The eye-spots get some purple edges, too. If you like, add a nightscape in the background.

How to submit your artwork

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.

Send to:
Arts Editor Becky Batcha
Philadelphia Inquirer
801 Market St.
Phila., PA 19107
Email: batchab@phillynews.com