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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June 03, 2015 Mara Holley Washington County, Tennessee, United States July 28, 2015 Details
July 27, 2015 ahager1992 Greene County, Ohio, United States July 27, 2015 Details
July 24, 2015 stomlins701 Cocke County, Tennessee, United States July 27, 2015 Details
July 25, 2015 slushdad Sussex County, Delaware, United States July 25, 2015 Details
July 23, 2015 Qburke Kent County, Michigan, United States July 24, 2015 Details
July 23, 2015 Nicolaruth27 Hamilton County, Indiana, United States July 24, 2015 Details
July 23, 2015 cathy_hnry Currituck County, North Carolina, United States July 24, 2015 Details
July 24, 2015 sst Prince William County, Virginia, United States July 24, 2015 Details
July 12, 2015 ssorigin Nova Scotia, Canada July 22, 2015 Details
June 14, 2015 Debra and Don Nova Scotia, Canada July 22, 2015 Details
June 26, 2015 Sandyh Houghton County, Michigan, United States July 22, 2015 Details
July 22, 2015 Mary Copeland Marshall County, Alabama, United States July 22, 2015 Details
July 20, 2015 curtis.lehman Virginia, United States, Wythe County July 21, 2015 Details
July 21, 2015 mommanik24 Marion County, Indiana, United States July 21, 2015 Details
July 19, 2015 Ellen Rogers Indiana, United States July 20, 2015 Details
July 01, 2015 Jeff Trahan Claiborne Parish, Louisiana, United States July 20, 2015 Details
July 20, 2015 Kee Oth Forsyth County, Georgia, United States July 20, 2015 Details
May 22, 2015 fern73 Okeechobee County, Florida, United States July 19, 2015 Details
June 17, 2015 Ellen Rogers Indiana, United States July 18, 2015 Details
July 17, 2015 psychohawk Pottawattamie County, Iowa, United States July 17, 2015 Details
May 22, 2013 South Laurel Laurel County, Kentucky, United States July 16, 2015 Details
May 07, 2015 wildreturn Lincoln County, Missouri, United States July 15, 2015 Details
June 06, 2015 AllenRatz Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States July 15, 2015 Details
July 11, 2015 CM Ogilvie Ontario, Canada July 14, 2015 Details
July 10, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States July 13, 2015 Details
July 05, 2015 Tindomul1of9 Franklin County, New York, United States July 13, 2015 Details
July 13, 2015 meldayray Clay County, Missouri, United States July 13, 2015 Details
July 11, 2015 trevorb Polk County, Iowa, United States July 13, 2015 Details
July 12, 2015 Oldspringfieldstafford Tolland County, Connecticut, United States July 13, 2015 Details
July 11, 2015 Wendypet Grand Isle County, Vermont, United States July 11, 2015 Details
July 10, 2015 stomlins701 Elmore County, Alabama, United States July 10, 2015 Details
June 15, 2015 HHowell Grainger County, Tennessee, United States July 09, 2015 Details
July 08, 2015 curtis.lehman (Joe Pusateri) Butler County, Pennsylvania, United States July 08, 2015 Details
July 01, 2015 jZ0n McHenry County, Illinois, United States July 07, 2015 Details
June 10, 2015 Chris Blomme Ontario, Canada July 07, 2015 Details
June 05, 2015 JohnRoosenberg Schoharie County, New York, United States July 07, 2015 Details
July 06, 2015 Bill Emch Lee County, South Carolina, United States July 06, 2015 Details
July 03, 2015 Nicole_Frenette Ontario, Canada July 03, 2015 Details
June 26, 2015 Bear Mountain Orleans County, Vermont, United States July 01, 2015 Details
June 18, 2014 Sandra Pertica Virginia, United States, Warren County June 28, 2015 Details
June 18, 2014 Sandra Pertica Virginia, United States, Warren County June 28, 2015 Details
June 09, 2015 treichard Prince Georges County, Maryland, United States June 26, 2015 Details
June 08, 2015 Dawn821 Carbon County, Pennsylvania, United States June 22, 2015 Details
June 21, 2015 aarongunnar Dunn County, Wisconsin, United States June 22, 2015 Details
June 21, 2015 stomlins701 Cocke County, Tennessee, United States June 22, 2015 Details
June 21, 2015 Elva-Lee New Brunswick, Canada June 21, 2015 Details
May 13, 2015 amdurso Sevier County, Tennessee, United States June 21, 2015 Details
June 04, 2015 Les in Ohio Guernsey County, Ohio, United States June 19, 2015 Details
June 08, 2015 Sheryl Johnson Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States June 19, 2015 Details
June 08, 2015 Jay Sturner Knox County, Tennessee, United States June 18, 2015 Details