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 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
August 15, 2014 9247181 Wake County, North Carolina, United States August 15, 2014 Details
August 15, 2014 Shelley Rutkin Forsyth County, North Carolina, United States August 15, 2014 Details
July 28, 2014 TheWayfarer21 Onslow County, North Carolina, United States August 15, 2014 Details
August 14, 2014 Mike Stinson Buckingham County, Virginia, United States August 14, 2014 Details
August 12, 2014 Zengarden York County, Pennsylvania, United States August 14, 2014 Details
April 12, 2014 rosedrakon Pittsylvania County, Virginia, United States August 14, 2014 Details
August 12, 2014 rosedrakon Danville City County, Virginia, United States August 14, 2014 Details
September 18, 2010 Buzztail1 Camden County, Georgia, United States August 14, 2014 Details
August 11, 2014 OZV142 Chowan County, North Carolina, United States August 11, 2014 Details
August 10, 2014 Penny Lee Brewer Ontario, Canada August 11, 2014 Details
August 06, 2014 Bostic01 Marion County, Indiana, United States August 10, 2014 Details
August 09, 2014 Rlewis Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States August 10, 2014 Details
August 02, 2014 Robert Helfer Harrison County, West Virginia, United States August 09, 2014 Details
July 16, 2014 GenevieveDutton Pasco County, Florida, United States August 09, 2014 Details
July 21, 2014 GenevieveDutton Pasco County, Florida, United States August 09, 2014 Details
August 08, 2014 Deagle19 Franklin County, Ohio, United States August 08, 2014 Details
August 02, 2014 apoole Gloucester County, New Jersey, United States August 07, 2014 Details
August 03, 2014 Molly Rimmer Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States August 07, 2014 Details
August 05, 2014 TheAGirls Warren County, Iowa, United States August 06, 2014 Details
August 06, 2014 candeye02 Gloucester County, New Jersey, United States August 06, 2014 Details
August 05, 2014 Cheylea10 Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States August 05, 2014 Details
August 05, 2014 asnyder Frederick County, Maryland, United States August 05, 2014 Details
August 04, 2014 Holly Lichtman Cook County, Illinois, United States August 04, 2014 Details
September 16, 2009 abwest St James Parish, Louisiana, United States August 03, 2014 Details
August 03, 2014 nretkofsky Medina County, Ohio, United States August 03, 2014 Details
August 01, 2014 lebrown Chatham County, Georgia, United States August 03, 2014 Details
August 03, 2014 Kalonj3 Rutherford County, Tennessee, United States August 03, 2014 Details
August 02, 2014 savetheocean Prince Georges County, Maryland, United States August 02, 2014 Details
July 31, 2014 Trillion Illinois, United States August 01, 2014 Details
July 16, 2014 catharinejo Jackson County, Kansas, United States August 01, 2014 Details