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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April 02, 2006 Paul Ribitzki Pawnee County, Oklahoma, United States November 18, 2016 Details
March 29, 2016 tamskitties Lauderdale County, Mississippi, United States October 25, 2016 Details
October 24, 2016 rsteaples Galveston County, Texas, United States October 24, 2016 Details
October 18, 2016 sae7706 Harrison County, Texas, United States October 21, 2016 Details
July 30, 2016 KristenR White County, Tennessee, United States October 16, 2016 Details
October 06, 2016 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States October 08, 2016 Details
October 02, 2016 SwagDaddy89 Texas, Montgomery County, United States October 02, 2016 Details
April 06, 2016 stomlins701 Elmore County, Alabama, United States October 02, 2016 Details
June 22, 2016 Robert Epstein Osceola County, Florida, United States September 29, 2016 Details
September 26, 2016 jeniferdavis76 Stone County, Arkansas, United States September 27, 2016 Details
September 18, 2016 agnesmarsolf Garfield County, Oklahoma, United States September 22, 2016 Details
September 17, 2016 Danav Ashland County, Ohio, United States September 17, 2016 Details
September 03, 2016 Aharmless Johnston County, North Carolina, United States September 03, 2016 Details
June 04, 2016 NJc Cape May County, New Jersey, United States September 02, 2016 Details
August 21, 2016 Candekane4ya York County, Pennsylvania, United States August 28, 2016 Details
August 25, 2016 John LeBlanc Sumter County, Florida, United States August 28, 2016 Details
July 28, 2016 ms722 Sumner County, Tennessee, United States August 21, 2016 Details
May 09, 2013 Greenesnake Gibson County, Tennessee, United States August 21, 2016 Details
August 15, 2016 Rlh88 Richmond County, New York, United States August 16, 2016 Details
August 07, 2016 alw0830 Texas, Montgomery County, United States August 13, 2016 Details
August 13, 2016 TomHayesMP Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States August 13, 2016 Details
March 29, 2016 Yoda Leon County, Florida, United States August 11, 2016 Details
August 08, 2016 Cardinalclimber Ogle County, Illinois, United States August 08, 2016 Details
June 14, 2016 rdhealy1951@aol.com Menifee County, Kentucky, United States August 04, 2016 Details
August 02, 2016 Jokess Union County, New Jersey, United States August 03, 2016 Details
July 29, 2016 Billy Vee Lake County, Illinois, United States July 31, 2016 Details
July 27, 2016 Howell_Curtis Crawford County, Indiana, United States July 28, 2016 Details
July 28, 2016 burntpepsi Wake County, North Carolina, United States July 28, 2016 Details
May 31, 2016 iangardner Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, United States July 28, 2016 Details
July 01, 2016 BeaLaporte Ontario, Canada July 25, 2016 Details
May 28, 2016 rdhealy1951@aol.com Hart County, Kentucky, United States July 24, 2016 Details
July 24, 2016 EllieMay Indiana, United States July 24, 2016 Details
July 16, 2016 Sammie Wisner York County, Pennsylvania, United States July 22, 2016 Details
April 17, 2016 stomlins701 Cocke County, Tennessee, United States July 17, 2016 Details
March 25, 2016 Michmom9361 Clay County, Florida, United States July 13, 2016 Details
April 23, 2016 Lindsey1012 Burlington County, New Jersey, United States July 13, 2016 Details
June 25, 2016 Racetall Waldo County, Maine, United States July 13, 2016 Details
May 25, 2016 Kal0721 Livingston County, Michigan, United States July 12, 2016 Details
June 01, 2016 wxgod La Crosse County, Wisconsin, United States July 12, 2016 Details
June 06, 2016 jessicacossin Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States July 12, 2016 Details
July 05, 2016 jollygoodyellow Nova Scotia, Canada July 12, 2016 Details
July 08, 2016 Wendytremblay2009 Ontario, Canada July 08, 2016 Details
July 05, 2016 wesanyer Wake County, North Carolina, United States July 07, 2016 Details
May 17, 2016 Terry W. Johnson Monroe County, Georgia, United States July 01, 2016 Details
June 28, 2016 Tikizee Saskatchewan, Canada July 01, 2016 Details
June 30, 2016 mgmissey Stephens County, Oklahoma, United States July 01, 2016 Details
June 29, 2016 Swimfan2 Franklin County, Ohio, United States July 01, 2016 Details
June 29, 2016 jollygoodyellow Nova Scotia, Canada June 30, 2016 Details
June 29, 2016 hollyl24 Fulton County, Ohio, United States June 30, 2016 Details
June 28, 2016 mitchelcawrse Ohio, United States June 29, 2016 Details