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 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
May 25, 2014 froghavenfarm Lee County, Virginia, United States June 17, 2015 Details
June 10, 2015 JohnRoosenberg Schoharie County, New York, United States June 17, 2015 Details
June 06, 2015 JohnRoosenberg Bennington County, Vermont, United States June 16, 2015 Details
June 13, 2015 jhendrickson53 Carlton County, Minnesota, United States June 15, 2015 Details
June 12, 2015 Scopedriver Tippecanoe County, Indiana, United States June 13, 2015 Details
May 21, 2015 stomlins701 Cocke County, Tennessee, United States June 13, 2015 Details
June 01, 2015 Caroline Hickam Virginia, United States, Wythe County June 12, 2015 Details
May 15, 2015 RMOESSER Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States June 11, 2015 Details
June 06, 2015 Chaceswansea Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States June 10, 2015 Details
June 09, 2015 briankohn St Louis County, Minnesota, United States June 10, 2015 Details
June 09, 2015 taylorcreek Albemarle County, Virginia, United States June 10, 2015 Details
June 02, 2015 ddodd Marshall County, Alabama, United States June 09, 2015 Details
June 05, 2015 dan carter Camden County, New Jersey, United States June 08, 2015 Details
June 08, 2015 Elizabeth Wolfe Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States June 08, 2015 Details
June 06, 2015 Hilda Pomeroy Hamilton County, New York, United States June 08, 2015 Details
June 04, 2015 rseidler Caddo Parish, Louisiana, United States June 08, 2015 Details
May 30, 2015 arcturusangel Harrison County, Texas, United States June 07, 2015 Details
June 07, 2015 grtwarby Ontario, Canada June 07, 2015 Details
June 05, 2015 ZaharaBear Ontario, Canada June 06, 2015 Details
June 06, 2015 Aboover Knox County, Maine, United States June 06, 2015 Details
June 03, 2015 gmilanov Anderson County, Tennessee, United States June 04, 2015 Details
May 24, 2015 gmilanov Knox County, Tennessee, United States June 04, 2015 Details
May 28, 2015 pbedell Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States June 03, 2015 Details
May 31, 2015 Poyc Allen County, Kentucky, United States June 03, 2015 Details
May 25, 2015 nosh1902 McKean County, Pennsylvania, United States June 02, 2015 Details
May 30, 2015 mikedelta720 Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, United States May 31, 2015 Details
May 23, 2015 Johnhomerglen Will County, Illinois, United States May 31, 2015 Details
May 29, 2015 EmilyC Tompkins County, New York, United States May 30, 2015 Details
May 30, 2015 tonyak@mindspring.com Fulton County, Georgia, United States May 30, 2015 Details
May 28, 2015 deniseblewis Wells County, Indiana, United States May 29, 2015 Details
May 27, 2015 muletick Henrico County, Virginia, United States May 27, 2015 Details
June 04, 2014 JHCarpenter Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States May 26, 2015 Details
May 26, 2015 ascott78 Marion County, Indiana, United States May 26, 2015 Details
May 12, 2015 Terry W. Johnson Fayette County, Georgia, United States May 18, 2015 Details
May 15, 2015 Sbloomer Baltimore County, Maryland, United States May 18, 2015 Details
May 17, 2015 flowermaze46 St Clair County, Illinois, United States May 18, 2015 Details
May 05, 2015 GoldenRose82 Carter County, Kentucky, United States May 17, 2015 Details