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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May 25, 2016 Daveb410 York County, Pennsylvania, United States May 25, 2016 Details
May 23, 2016 arcticancer Blair County, Pennsylvania, United States May 24, 2016 Details
May 24, 2016 digginflowers Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, United States May 24, 2016 Details
May 18, 2016 edenny Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States May 22, 2016 Details
May 21, 2016 TPBrame Orange County, North Carolina, United States May 22, 2016 Details
May 19, 2016 Kmcneil0220 Bartholomew County, Indiana, United States May 20, 2016 Details
May 14, 2016 YAT4 Texas, United States, Upshur County May 17, 2016 Details
May 01, 2016 lilkriskattn Sequatchie County, Tennessee, United States May 16, 2016 Details
May 13, 2016 klavierabend Orange County, New York, United States May 14, 2016 Details
May 14, 2016 digginflowers Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, United States May 14, 2016 Details
May 10, 2016 Tsumeb_Mine_1921 Morris County, New Jersey, United States May 12, 2016 Details
May 08, 2016 sas27397 Tazewell County, Virginia, United States May 11, 2016 Details
May 11, 2016 Rivercobblestone Fannin County, Texas, United States May 11, 2016 Details
May 10, 2016 K Stilwell Tazewell County, Virginia, United States May 10, 2016 Details
May 08, 2016 Turkeycatsmom Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States May 09, 2016 Details
May 08, 2016 smithalanw Calvert County, Maryland, United States May 09, 2016 Details
May 05, 2016 GinnieZ Dixie County, Florida, United States May 05, 2016 Details
May 01, 2016 K. S. Veitch Laurel County, Kentucky, United States May 02, 2016 Details
April 27, 2016 Mrswells Washington County, Maryland, United States May 02, 2016 Details
April 28, 2016 johnmiller Bradley County, Tennessee, United States April 30, 2016 Details
April 29, 2016 todonnell Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, United States April 30, 2016 Details
April 27, 2016 mark.buntain Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States April 28, 2016 Details
April 25, 2016 monicash Madison County, Alabama, United States April 26, 2016 Details
April 22, 2016 Timothy Yingling Baltimore County, Maryland, United States April 22, 2016 Details
April 18, 2016 curtis.lehman Fayette County, Pennsylvania, United States April 19, 2016 Details
April 15, 2016 datilson Rockbridge County, Virginia, United States April 16, 2016 Details
April 01, 2016 ButterBelle Cumberland County, Tennessee, United States April 04, 2016 Details
April 03, 2016 Swagner Brevard County, Florida, United States April 04, 2016 Details
June 05, 2015 JohnBoback Monongalia County, West Virginia, United States April 03, 2016 Details
April 01, 2016 Mrs_Wif Isle Of Wight County, Virginia, United States April 01, 2016 Details
March 23, 2016 Dalee Thomas Berkeley County, South Carolina, United States March 24, 2016 Details
March 20, 2016 Rem Flagler County, Florida, United States March 20, 2016 Details
March 17, 2016 Superstarr Texas, Montgomery County, United States March 19, 2016 Details
May 05, 2010 Ilse Gebhard Barry County, Michigan, United States February 10, 2016 Details
May 11, 2012 Ilse Gebhard Van Buren County, Michigan, United States February 10, 2016 Details
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