HELLO. I LIVE IN NORTHEAST PA. I FOUND A FAT LUNA MOTH CATERPILLAR DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS AND PUT IT IN A LARGE JAR WITH SOME LEAVES AND TWIGS. THE NEXT DAY IT WAS COCOONED! IT HAD BEEN IN THE COCOON FOR AROUND 3 MONTHS. I WANT TO HAVE IT HATCH SO I CAN RELEASE IT BEFORE THE WINTER, SO I CUT THE COCOON AND REMOVED THE PUPA. IT IS VERY ACTIVE WHEN TOUCHED. HOW CAN I ACCELERATE ITS TRANSFORMATION SO I CAN RELEASE IT IN THE NEXT WEEK OR SO? PLEASE RESPOND TO ATTYMIR@AOL.COM. THANK YOU.
Luna moths overwinter in the pupal stage. If you release the adult, it will die (and would have never mated.) You can keep it outside in a protected location so that it can hatch next year. However, it may not because the insulating cocoon is gone.