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 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
June 29, 2016 hybrid_5 Norfolk City County, Virginia, United States June 29, 2016 Details
June 24, 2016 devjohnstone Nova Scotia, Canada June 28, 2016 Details
June 11, 2016 brendamae_mo@yahoo.com Lincoln County, Missouri, United States June 27, 2016 Details
June 26, 2016 wmhinshaw Watauga County, North Carolina, United States June 27, 2016 Details
June 26, 2016 Btbaker212 Somerset County, Pennsylvania, United States June 26, 2016 Details
June 15, 2016 Capttef Pierce County, Wisconsin, United States June 25, 2016 Details
May 29, 2016 BeaLaporte Ontario, Canada June 23, 2016 Details
June 17, 2016 Mr Bill E-B Ontario, Canada June 19, 2016 Details
April 11, 2016 stomlins701 Cocke County, Tennessee, United States June 16, 2016 Details
April 01, 2016 stomlins701 Cocke County, Tennessee, United States June 16, 2016 Details
June 11, 2016 kkuecker26 Illinois, United States June 15, 2016 Details
June 09, 2016 kkuecker26 Wisconsin, United States June 12, 2016 Details
May 23, 2016 hwells Horry County, South Carolina, United States June 08, 2016 Details
June 07, 2016 Kpsc1030 Kane County, Illinois, United States June 07, 2016 Details
May 28, 2016 Sue Orlowski Botetourt County, Virginia, United States June 07, 2016 Details
June 07, 2016 Babyaligators Essex County, Massachusetts, United States June 07, 2016 Details
June 05, 2016 redreamer Cayuga County, New York, United States June 06, 2016 Details
June 05, 2016 Jonathan Clark La Salle Parish, Louisiana, United States June 06, 2016 Details
May 30, 2016 Belinda Foster Saskatchewan, Canada June 05, 2016 Details
June 01, 2016 Bblazejewski Butler County, Pennsylvania, United States June 01, 2016 Details
July 23, 2015 Aleasha Carrier Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States May 31, 2016 Details
May 28, 2016 CA Ivy Logan County, Arkansas, United States May 31, 2016 Details
May 31, 2016 rogerg Lake County, Indiana, United States May 31, 2016 Details
May 29, 2016 mebuechner Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, United States May 29, 2016 Details
July 29, 2014 rylee.epp Lancaster County, Nebraska, United States May 28, 2016 Details
May 26, 2016 jsimonetta Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States May 26, 2016 Details
May 26, 2016 Mr Mike M Suffolk County, New York, United States May 26, 2016 Details
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