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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August 03, 2013 AngelaCoco Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, United States April 13, 2014 Details
April 11, 2014 Bhorton89 Talladega County, Alabama, United States April 12, 2014 Details
April 06, 2014 Entropic monkey Davidson County, Tennessee, United States April 07, 2014 Details
April 07, 2014 betsyline Horry County, South Carolina, United States April 07, 2014 Details
April 02, 2014 SaltandTomatoes McCurtain County, Oklahoma, United States April 03, 2014 Details
April 02, 2014 Pam Krueger St Johns County, Florida, United States April 02, 2014 Details
April 02, 2014 swyatt Texas, Somervell County, United States April 02, 2014 Details
April 02, 2014 beahive Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, United States April 02, 2014 Details
August 16, 2011 cjj Clinton County, New York, United States April 01, 2014 Details
June 18, 2009 billdea57 Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States March 27, 2014 Details
March 24, 2014 kristineullo Lake County, Florida, United States March 26, 2014 Details
March 19, 2012 Desirai Etowah County, Alabama, United States March 20, 2014 Details
March 19, 2014 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States March 20, 2014 Details
March 19, 2014 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States March 20, 2014 Details
March 19, 2014 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States March 20, 2014 Details
July 06, 2013 ellenjones6 Franklin County, New York, United States March 20, 2014 Details
June 14, 2013 ellenjones6 Franklin County, New York, United States March 20, 2014 Details
March 12, 2014 kalakakane Vernon Parish, Louisiana, United States March 12, 2014 Details
March 10, 2014 lfackler Duval County, Florida, United States March 12, 2014 Details
March 09, 2014 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States March 10, 2014 Details
December 01, 2013 Roy Brown Dougherty County, Georgia, United States March 04, 2014 Details
March 03, 2014 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States March 04, 2014 Details
February 27, 2014 butterflylulu78 Harris County, Texas, United States February 27, 2014 Details
September 02, 2012 Savannah.Koehler Loudoun County, Virginia, United States February 22, 2014 Details
August 07, 2012 rosenthal.k Fairfax County, Virginia, United States February 16, 2014 Details
September 13, 2012 rosenthal.k Shelby County, Alabama, United States February 15, 2014 Details
June 14, 2013 MicheleAllen York County, Maine, United States February 06, 2014 Details
August 25, 2013 sgoree01 Chilton County, Alabama, United States January 29, 2014 Details
September 29, 2013 Sheppard1985 Dallas County, Alabama, United States January 29, 2014 Details
August 25, 2013 Mountainside Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States January 14, 2014 Details
August 07, 2013 baberaham Lee County, Alabama, United States January 13, 2014 Details
September 04, 2013 jforet21 Tate County, Mississippi, United States January 12, 2014 Details
August 08, 2013 xoolongx Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States January 06, 2014 Details
September 05, 1971 stomlins701 Gillespie County, Texas, United States December 27, 2013 Details
August 30, 2013 redrubiis86 Muscogee County, Georgia, United States November 28, 2013 Details
August 11, 2013 Rossalleni Scott County, Tennessee, United States November 27, 2013 Details
August 21, 2013 nmartens Chatham County, Georgia, United States November 24, 2013 Details
September 15, 2013 angmhughes Hamilton County, Indiana, United States November 16, 2013 Details
November 10, 2013 Dawn Michelle Alachua County, Florida, United States November 13, 2013 Details
October 25, 2013 Macross Polk County, Florida, United States November 09, 2013 Details
September 19, 2013 JoeG Chatham County, North Carolina, United States November 07, 2013 Details
July 25, 2013 froghavenfarm Hickman County, Tennessee, United States October 29, 2013 Details
June 03, 2013 annette shells Edgefield County, South Carolina, United States October 25, 2013 Details
July 15, 2013 kodiakt Camden County, North Carolina, United States October 18, 2013 Details
October 14, 2013 thaddeus1981todd Muskogee County, Oklahoma, United States October 16, 2013 Details
June 14, 2012 davidwright (Paul Cavalconte) Wayne County, Pennsylvania, United States October 10, 2013 Details
October 05, 2013 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States October 06, 2013 Details
August 17, 2013 caher001 Carroll County, Maryland, United States October 04, 2013 Details
October 02, 2013 UrsulaV Chatham County, North Carolina, United States October 02, 2013 Details
May 18, 2011 John LeBlanc Chesterfield County, Virginia, United States October 01, 2013 Details