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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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
March 10, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States March 11, 2015 Details
March 11, 2015 Flashlight Lake County, Florida, United States March 11, 2015 Details
October 13, 2014 Flashlight Lake County, Florida, United States March 11, 2015 Details
March 11, 2015 Flashlight Lake County, Florida, United States March 11, 2015 Details
April 08, 2012 haczech Jackson County, Alabama, United States March 11, 2015 Details
August 20, 2014 LuckyLogan Plymouth County, Iowa, United States March 09, 2015 Details
March 07, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States March 08, 2015 Details
June 09, 2010 curtis.lehman (Jeff Pusateri) St Lawrence County, New York, United States March 08, 2015 Details
March 04, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States March 06, 2015 Details
March 05, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States March 06, 2015 Details
March 05, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States March 06, 2015 Details
February 26, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States March 01, 2015 Details
June 05, 2004 LRGoodger Cass County, Michigan, United States February 24, 2015 Details
July 08, 2011 strixv Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States February 19, 2015 Details
February 12, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States February 15, 2015 Details
February 07, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States February 14, 2015 Details
July 04, 2014 AllenRatz Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States February 08, 2015 Details
July 04, 2014 AllenRatz Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States February 08, 2015 Details
July 05, 2014 reutere Delaware County, New York, United States February 05, 2015 Details
June 12, 2014 reutere Delaware County, New York, United States February 02, 2015 Details
June 16, 2014 reutere Delaware County, New York, United States February 02, 2015 Details
June 11, 2014 reutere Delaware County, New York, United States January 30, 2015 Details
September 02, 1968 Indy Entomologist Lagrange County, Indiana, United States January 27, 2015 Details
May 30, 2014 reutere Delaware County, New York, United States January 26, 2015 Details
June 07, 2014 reutere Delaware County, New York, United States January 26, 2015 Details
June 01, 2014 Kzfisherman Grant County, Wisconsin, United States January 23, 2015 Details
August 01, 1984 Indy Entomologist White County, Indiana, United States January 22, 2015 Details