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 26, 2014 SkeldRKT Montgomery County, Ohio, United States July 28, 2014 Details
July 02, 2013 WILDHART Essex County, New York, United States July 28, 2014 Details
July 25, 2014 Medtype1758 Medina County, Ohio, United States July 27, 2014 Details
July 26, 2014 buttsakauf Charleston County, South Carolina, United States July 27, 2014 Details
July 27, 2014 Rocket girl Illinois, United States July 27, 2014 Details
July 11, 2014 stomlins701 Leon County, Florida, United States July 26, 2014 Details
July 22, 2014 lizyson2 Kane County, Illinois, United States July 25, 2014 Details
July 23, 2014 dharlette Macon County, North Carolina, United States July 25, 2014 Details
July 25, 2014 Eric C. Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States July 25, 2014 Details
July 27, 2013 ofdewdrops Washington County, Pennsylvania, United States July 23, 2014 Details
July 11, 2012 ofdewdrops Fayette County, Pennsylvania, United States July 23, 2014 Details
July 21, 2014 brotherpaul64 McHenry County, Illinois, United States July 22, 2014 Details
June 24, 2014 mbcafe Orange County, Vermont, United States July 21, 2014 Details
July 18, 2014 mattvc03 Bayfield County, Wisconsin, United States July 20, 2014 Details
May 21, 2014 EmilyAC Washington County, Rhode Island, United States July 20, 2014 Details
May 21, 2014 EmilyAC Washington County, Rhode Island, United States July 20, 2014 Details
July 19, 2014 kimdroberts Limestone County, Alabama, United States July 20, 2014 Details
July 20, 2014 ceichrodt Marion County, Indiana, United States July 20, 2014 Details
July 18, 2014 ashleyw704 Onslow County, North Carolina, United States July 19, 2014 Details
June 26, 2014 Rassle Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States July 16, 2014 Details
July 16, 2014 Kpenny2k Warren County, Ohio, United States July 16, 2014 Details
July 14, 2014 lilkriskattn Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States July 14, 2014 Details
May 31, 2012 kstoss9 Oxford County, Maine, United States July 13, 2014 Details
July 12, 2014 olson_jr Wayne County, Michigan, United States July 13, 2014 Details
July 07, 2014 Sts-3 New Hampshire, United States July 10, 2014 Details
July 10, 2014 kfisher Prince Georges County, Maryland, United States July 10, 2014 Details
July 21, 2005 stomlins701 Sevier County, Tennessee, United States July 10, 2014 Details
June 30, 2014 BeaLaporte Ontario, Canada July 08, 2014 Details
July 08, 2014 dawnscritterz Montgomery County, Alabama, United States July 08, 2014 Details
July 05, 2014 condita Clinton County, New York, United States July 07, 2014 Details
July 04, 2014 Doug Bruce Hamblen County, Tennessee, United States July 06, 2014 Details
May 30, 2014 annlitrelo Rockdale County, Georgia, United States July 06, 2014 Details
July 06, 2014 Bermulee Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States July 06, 2014 Details
June 19, 2014 Jarchibold Saratoga County, New York, United States July 06, 2014 Details
June 03, 2014 ALittleSlow Martin County, Indiana, United States July 05, 2014 Details
July 03, 2014 nursemkc Franklin County, New York, United States July 04, 2014 Details
July 04, 2014 brywilder Washington County, Vermont, United States July 04, 2014 Details
June 09, 2014 Strwbry_blonde Westchester County, New York, United States July 03, 2014 Details
June 30, 2014 dan sharpe New Brunswick, Canada July 03, 2014 Details
June 29, 2014 brywilder Washington County, Vermont, United States July 01, 2014 Details
June 30, 2014 brywilder Washington County, Vermont, United States July 01, 2014 Details
June 27, 2014 jimbeefer Ontario, Canada June 30, 2014 Details
June 27, 2014 Chris Galisa Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States June 29, 2014 Details
June 29, 2014 jollygoodyellow Nova Scotia, Canada June 29, 2014 Details
May 21, 2014 kpaz Bergen County, New Jersey, United States June 27, 2014 Details
June 17, 2014 nickenew Sullivan County, New Hampshire, United States June 27, 2014 Details
June 21, 2014 jollygoodyellow Nova Scotia, Canada June 26, 2014 Details
June 01, 2014 Gordilly Monona County, Iowa, United States June 24, 2014 Details
June 20, 2014 Aboover Knox County, Maine, United States June 22, 2014 Details
June 07, 2014 Katherine Halley Dane County, Wisconsin, United States June 22, 2014 Details