Attributes of Actias luna

Luna moth
Actias luna (Linnaeus, 1758)

Family: Saturniidae
Subfamily: Saturniinae
Identification: Hindwings have long curving tails. Wings are pale green, each with a transparent eyespot. Outer margins are pink in the southern spring brood, yellow in the southern summer brood and in northern populations.
Wing Span: 2 15/16 - 4 1/8 inches (7.5 - 10.5 cm).
Life History: Adults are very strong fliers and are attracted to lights. Mating takes place after midnight, and egg-laying begins that evening. Females lay eggs in small groups or singly on both surfaces of host plant leaves. The eggs hatch in about one week and the caterpillars are sedentary and solitary feeders. Leaves and silk are used to spin papery brown cocoons in litter under the host plant.
Flight: One brood from May-July in the north, two to three broods from March-September in the south.
Caterpillar Hosts: A variety of trees including white birch (Betula papyrifera), persimmon (Diospyros virginiana), sweet gum (Liquidambar styraciflua), hickories (Carya), walnuts (Juglans), and sumacs (Rhus).
Adult Food: Adults do not feed.
Habitat: Deciduous hardwood forests.
Range: Common. Nova Scotia west to Saskatchewan and eastern North Dakota; south to central Florida, the Gulf Coast, and eastern Texas.
Conservation: Not usually required.
NCGR: G5 - Demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.
Management Needs: None reported.
Taxonomy Notes: This moth is often mistakenly referred to as the Lunar Moth, instead of the Luna Moth. It is also sometimes referred to as the American Moon Moth.

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May 12, 2015 Terry W. Johnson Fayette County, Georgia, United States May 18, 2015 Details
May 15, 2015 Sbloomer Baltimore County, Maryland, United States May 18, 2015 Details
May 17, 2015 flowermaze46 St Clair County, Illinois, United States May 18, 2015 Details
May 05, 2015 GoldenRose82 Carter County, Kentucky, United States May 17, 2015 Details
May 15, 2015 bill47001 Ohio County, Indiana, United States May 15, 2015 Details
May 15, 2015 Ebrownleechaney Miami County, Ohio, United States May 15, 2015 Details
July 29, 2014 rylee.epp Lancaster County, Nebraska, United States May 14, 2015 Details
May 11, 2015 Renees Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States May 12, 2015 Details
May 11, 2015 Shellwrite2 Wayne County, Ohio, United States May 12, 2015 Details
May 11, 2015 treichard Frederick County, Maryland, United States May 11, 2015 Details
May 11, 2015 Jeffosu Pickaway County, Ohio, United States May 11, 2015 Details
May 10, 2015 treichard Allegany County, Maryland, United States May 11, 2015 Details
May 09, 2015 Roomia Burlington County, New Jersey, United States May 10, 2015 Details
May 10, 2015 rnmindy1 McHenry County, Illinois, United States May 10, 2015 Details
May 09, 2015 hefthechef Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, United States May 09, 2015 Details
May 07, 2015 NancyDunn Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States May 07, 2015 Details
May 02, 2015 AllenRatz Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States May 03, 2015 Details
May 01, 2015 applegg Pulaski County, Arkansas, United States May 02, 2015 Details
May 01, 2015 seeclyde Riley County, Kansas, United States May 01, 2015 Details
April 29, 2015 Carol Thornton-Anderson Orange County, Indiana, United States April 29, 2015 Details
April 27, 2015 studumead Macon County, Illinois, United States April 28, 2015 Details
March 24, 2015 Anne Small St Helena Parish, Louisiana, United States April 25, 2015 Details
April 24, 2015 Sroper56 Laclede County, Missouri, United States April 24, 2015 Details
April 22, 2015 christina.cawthon Clay County, Alabama, United States April 23, 2015 Details
April 19, 2015 AllenRatz Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States April 21, 2015 Details
April 17, 2015 donnalynnmu Knox County, Illinois, United States April 19, 2015 Details
April 17, 2015 CoralWorld1102 Faulkner County, Arkansas, United States April 18, 2015 Details
July 31, 2014 noaccountname New York, United States April 12, 2015 Details
April 10, 2015 John T Bibb County, Georgia, United States April 11, 2015 Details
April 11, 2015 Barb McCampbell North Carolina, United States April 11, 2015 Details
April 04, 2015 ron morgan Collin County, Texas, United States April 10, 2015 Details
July 26, 2014 kaliseth Rice County, Minnesota, United States April 10, 2015 Details
April 08, 2015 Heather.C Grant Parish, Louisiana, United States April 09, 2015 Details
April 07, 2015 auntcon Dallas County, Texas, United States April 09, 2015 Details
April 07, 2015 Solan Craighead County, Arkansas, United States April 07, 2015 Details
April 05, 2015 FluffyFerret Jefferson County, Alabama, United States April 05, 2015 Details
March 31, 2015 Vbkelly1 Harris County, Texas, United States March 31, 2015 Details
March 29, 2015 SamVid01 Texas, United States, Walker County March 30, 2015 Details
July 05, 2014 ellenjones6 Franklin County, New York, United States March 27, 2015 Details
June 22, 2014 ellenjones6 Franklin County, New York, United States March 27, 2015 Details
June 22, 2014 ellenjones6 Franklin County, New York, United States March 27, 2015 Details
March 22, 2015 Chandler Gass Columbia County, Georgia, United States March 22, 2015 Details
March 18, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States March 20, 2015 Details
March 17, 2015 Flashlight Lake County, Florida, United States March 18, 2015 Details
March 17, 2015 Flashlight Lake County, Florida, United States March 18, 2015 Details
March 17, 2015 Flashlight Lake County, Florida, United States March 18, 2015 Details
July 02, 2011 davmcnaugh Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, United States March 18, 2015 Details
March 18, 2015 hydiee21 Escambia County, Florida, United States March 18, 2015 Details
July 02, 2011 curtis.lehman (Mike Slater) Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, United States March 16, 2015 Details
March 13, 2015 Flashlight Lake County, Florida, United States March 16, 2015 Details