Luna Moths

Masters of Change

From the Series Insect World

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

See for yourself one of the most amazing masters of change in the insect kingdom—the luna moth! Hatching from a tiny egg, the luna moth begins its life as a caterpillar just 0.11 inch (3 millimeters) long. An eating machine, the caterpillar grows and sheds its skin—or molts—four times. Then it stitches a silk cocoon among the fallen leaves and becomes a pupa. Inside the pupa, the insect’s body dissolves and reforms. After about six months, the insect emerges as a beautiful luna moth with a wingspan of up to 5 inches (127 millimeters)—more than 40 times its original size! In this exciting book, you can learn what makes luna moths similar to and different from other insects. Close-up photographs and diagrams reveal extraordinary details about moths’ bodies, both inside and out. This book contains directions for creating a moth garden, where you can watch new moths emerge. Learn more about this exciting member of nature’s fascinating Insect World.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Science
Category Animals
Copyright 2008
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2008-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.5
Reading Counts! Points 6.0
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
Dewey 595.78
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6.75 x 9
Lexile 730
Guided Reading Level T
ATOS Reading Level 4.8
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 119826
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, and Sidebars

Author: Sandra Markle

Sandra Markle is the author of numerous award-winning books for children. A former elementary science teacher, she is a nationally-known science education consultant. Markle has received many honors for her series Animal Predators, Animal Scavengers, and Animal Prey. Several titles have been named as National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)/Children’s Book Council (CBC) Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12, and Animal Predators was honored as a Top 10 Youth Nonfiction Series by Booklist. Markle is also the author of the Insect World series and several single titles. Her book Rescues! was named a Best Book by the Society of School Librarians International and a Recommended Title of Outstanding Nonfiction by the National Council of Teachers of English’s (NCTE) Orbis Pictus Award committee; Animal Heroes was named a 2008 Lasting Connections title by Book Links. Markle lives in Lakewood Ranch, Florida with her husband, photographer Skip Jeffery.


  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2008


Library Media Connection

“These volumes have color photos of interesting insects and will make good browsing materials or research volumes. . . Everyone from my 18 month old to my 17 year old enjoyed these books.”
Library Media Connection


“With outstanding color photography accompanied by clear, scientific text, the Insect World series provides a close-up look at the life cycle and habits of some amazing organisms. . . It’s easy to understand why Markle is an award-winning nature writer. This series of books would be ideal for a class studying life cycles or as a reference set for libraries.”

School Library Journal

“These books will please report writers, budding entomologists, and anyone who expects children’s nonfiction to be as carefully documented as adult nonfiction.”
School Library Journal