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.
Lackawanna County Pennsylvania
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.