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 12, 2015 ColoradEO Vilas County, Wisconsin, United States January 30, 2016 Details
July 05, 2015 AllenRatz Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States January 22, 2016 Details
July 29, 2015 AJ Trently Lewis County, Tennessee, United States January 04, 2016 Details
October 13, 2015 KatieJATL DeKalb County, Georgia, United States January 01, 2016 Details
October 12, 2015 curtis.lehman (Emily Chiles) Ohio County, West Virginia, United States December 27, 2015 Details
October 10, 2015 Joshtober Franklin County, Georgia, United States December 23, 2015 Details
August 08, 2015 ekwade Georgia, Terrell County, United States December 23, 2015 Details
September 02, 2015 31249cheetah Jackson County, Georgia, United States December 15, 2015 Details
September 19, 2015 jessstorey Sevier County, Tennessee, United States December 14, 2015 Details
July 06, 2015 Butterfly Ridge Hocking County, Ohio, United States December 05, 2015 Details
September 18, 2015 wolfsprings Lawrence County, Alabama, United States November 22, 2015 Details
August 17, 2011 Joe Bartok Ontario, Canada November 16, 2015 Details
August 09, 2015 curtis.lehman Pendleton County, West Virginia, United States November 10, 2015 Details
June 27, 2015 AllenRatz Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States November 08, 2015 Details
June 28, 2015 mattvc03 Bayfield County, Wisconsin, United States October 29, 2015 Details
August 09, 2015 lizurban41 Michigan, United States October 25, 2015 Details
July 19, 2014 Martin and Sara Chambers County, Texas, United States October 22, 2015 Details
June 07, 2014 Joe Bartok Ontario, Canada October 13, 2015 Details
July 21, 2010 AJ Trently Lewis County, Tennessee, United States October 12, 2015 Details
September 25, 2015 wthback Tulsa County, Oklahoma, United States October 03, 2015 Details
August 10, 2015 Ilona L. Dane County, Wisconsin, United States October 01, 2015 Details
August 09, 2015 filbit14 Linn County, Iowa, United States September 29, 2015 Details
August 03, 2015 Electricstorm747 Jackson County, Alabama, United States September 27, 2015 Details
September 19, 2015 JackieD79 Perry County, Pennsylvania, United States September 26, 2015 Details
September 26, 2015 Sabamaddy Fort Bend County, Texas, United States September 26, 2015 Details
June 08, 2015 doublej McKean County, Pennsylvania, United States September 24, 2015 Details
September 23, 2015 Lesleyket Indiana, United States September 23, 2015 Details
September 06, 2015 Nancy Weiss Albemarle County, Virginia, United States September 21, 2015 Details
September 20, 2015 ShakeragSusan Hopkins County, Kentucky, United States September 21, 2015 Details
September 20, 2015 digginflowers Cape May County, New Jersey, United States September 20, 2015 Details
September 18, 2015 dbwarren Brown County, Ohio, United States September 18, 2015 Details
September 18, 2015 k23usa Denton County, Texas, United States September 18, 2015 Details
July 08, 2015 rberchjr Columbia County, Georgia, United States September 17, 2015 Details
September 12, 2015 Sarahheard Guadalupe County, Texas, United States September 15, 2015 Details
September 12, 2015 Sarahheard Guadalupe County, Texas, United States September 15, 2015 Details
September 12, 2015 Sarahheard Guadalupe County, Texas, United States September 15, 2015 Details
September 12, 2015 Sarahheard Guadalupe County, Texas, United States September 15, 2015 Details
June 09, 2015 Lara Crane Lawrence County, Alabama, United States September 14, 2015 Details
August 05, 2015 Sandra Pertica Virginia, United States, Warren County September 13, 2015 Details
September 07, 2015 carleypasq Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States September 11, 2015 Details
September 05, 2015 booms Will County, Illinois, United States September 10, 2015 Details
June 23, 2015 michaeloberg Webster County, Iowa, United States September 10, 2015 Details
July 09, 2015 michaeloberg Webster County, Iowa, United States September 10, 2015 Details
June 24, 2015 michaeloberg Webster County, Iowa, United States September 10, 2015 Details
August 11, 2015 michaeloberg Webster County, Iowa, United States September 10, 2015 Details
July 31, 2015 michaeloberg Webster County, Iowa, United States September 10, 2015 Details
September 06, 2015 valariems Dallas County, Texas, United States September 06, 2015 Details
August 24, 2015 Mcrickles Kalamazoo County, Michigan, United States September 04, 2015 Details
August 09, 2015 Rlvelte Iowa County, Wisconsin, United States September 03, 2015 Details
August 29, 2015 Jean Fontaine Greenville County, South Carolina, United States September 01, 2015 Details