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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September 16, 2014 Michelle Menard Pickens County, Georgia, United States December 16, 2014 Details
May 24, 2014 Sue Gregoire Schuyler County, New York, United States December 07, 2014 Details
July 24, 2014 Ashelainee Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States November 22, 2014 Details
October 10, 2014 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States November 18, 2014 Details
August 07, 2014 michaeloberg Osage County, Missouri, United States November 14, 2014 Details
August 07, 2014 michaeloberg Osage County, Missouri, United States November 14, 2014 Details
September 30, 2014 andrews312 Alachua County, Florida, United States September 30, 2014 Details
September 27, 2014 Nancy Springman Illinois, United States September 28, 2014 Details
September 27, 2014 mastermenolly Garland County, Arkansas, United States September 27, 2014 Details
September 27, 2014 sla Ontario, Canada September 27, 2014 Details
September 23, 2014 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States September 24, 2014 Details
August 14, 2014 Colininnes Baltimore County, Maryland, United States September 20, 2014 Details
July 22, 2014 jamethompson1114 Owen County, Indiana, United States September 20, 2014 Details
September 19, 2014 amalenke Kane County, Illinois, United States September 20, 2014 Details
September 11, 2014 sssnipe Volusia County, Florida, United States September 16, 2014 Details
September 02, 2014 Carol Eilers Linn County, Iowa, United States September 13, 2014 Details
September 09, 2014 trnjstch Harris County, Texas, United States September 13, 2014 Details
July 21, 2014 patricia silvernail Jackson County, Georgia, United States September 12, 2014 Details
July 31, 2014 FASTJOHNNY Hall County, Georgia, United States September 12, 2014 Details
August 15, 2014 gloriap Georgia, United States September 12, 2014 Details
August 15, 2014 babs Georgia, United States, Ware County September 12, 2014 Details
September 11, 2014 amyc1010 Hillsborough County, Florida, United States September 12, 2014 Details
August 06, 2014 Twizt Morgan County, Alabama, United States September 08, 2014 Details
September 08, 2014 Meflhutchins Shelby County, Tennessee, United States September 08, 2014 Details
August 03, 2014 Fertygirl Charles County, Maryland, United States September 03, 2014 Details
August 31, 2014 vision_m Texas, Morris County, United States September 02, 2014 Details
September 02, 2014 kalakakane Vernon Parish, Louisiana, United States September 02, 2014 Details
August 04, 2014 jackieb Cass County, Iowa, United States September 01, 2014 Details
September 16, 2013 vysthys Pinellas County, Florida, United States August 30, 2014 Details
August 27, 2014 Andrew J. Tarquino Ohio, United States August 29, 2014 Details
June 14, 2010 franpope Garrett County, Maryland, United States August 27, 2014 Details
August 09, 2014 Sabrina A Warren County, Iowa, United States August 27, 2014 Details
August 08, 2014 Shane Miller Beaver County, Pennsylvania, United States August 26, 2014 Details
August 26, 2014 treichard Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States August 26, 2014 Details
August 25, 2014 James A Prince Georges County, Maryland, United States August 26, 2014 Details
July 03, 2014 ukcatsfan Hamilton County, Ohio, United States August 22, 2014 Details
August 21, 2014 Saul1432 Prince William County, Virginia, United States August 22, 2014 Details
August 21, 2014 Dawnarie2280 Ontario, Canada August 21, 2014 Details
August 19, 2014 johndrum Huron County, Ohio, United States August 20, 2014 Details
July 28, 2014 michaeloberg Webster County, Iowa, United States August 19, 2014 Details
July 27, 2014 michaeloberg Webster County, Iowa, United States August 19, 2014 Details
July 23, 2014 michaeloberg Webster County, Iowa, United States August 19, 2014 Details
July 17, 2014 michaeloberg Webster County, Iowa, United States August 19, 2014 Details
August 13, 2014 catzooa Iowa County, Iowa, United States August 18, 2014 Details
August 18, 2014 Englishman Hernando County, Florida, United States August 18, 2014 Details
August 05, 2014 Firefly Store Solutions Guilford County, North Carolina, United States August 17, 2014 Details
August 06, 2014 Tryalbyfire Colonial Heights City County, Virginia, United States August 16, 2014 Details
August 16, 2014 Candicespolio Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States August 16, 2014 Details
August 16, 2014 rreid2452 Pittsylvania County, Virginia, United States August 16, 2014 Details
August 16, 2014 jlregruth Jackson County, Indiana, United States August 16, 2014 Details