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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March 29, 2015 SamVid01 Texas, United States, Walker County March 30, 2015 Details
July 05, 2014 ellenjones6 Franklin County, New York, United States March 27, 2015 Details
June 22, 2014 ellenjones6 Franklin County, New York, United States March 27, 2015 Details
June 22, 2014 ellenjones6 Franklin County, New York, United States March 27, 2015 Details
March 22, 2015 Chandler Gass Columbia County, Georgia, United States March 22, 2015 Details
March 18, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States March 20, 2015 Details
March 17, 2015 Flashlight Lake County, Florida, United States March 18, 2015 Details
March 17, 2015 Flashlight Lake County, Florida, United States March 18, 2015 Details
March 17, 2015 Flashlight Lake County, Florida, United States March 18, 2015 Details
July 02, 2011 davmcnaugh Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, United States March 18, 2015 Details
March 18, 2015 hydiee21 Escambia County, Florida, United States March 18, 2015 Details
July 02, 2011 curtis.lehman (Mike Slater) Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, United States March 16, 2015 Details
March 13, 2015 Flashlight Lake County, Florida, United States March 16, 2015 Details
March 10, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States March 11, 2015 Details
March 11, 2015 Flashlight Lake County, Florida, United States March 11, 2015 Details
October 13, 2014 Flashlight Lake County, Florida, United States March 11, 2015 Details
March 11, 2015 Flashlight Lake County, Florida, United States March 11, 2015 Details
April 08, 2012 haczech Jackson County, Alabama, United States March 11, 2015 Details
August 20, 2014 LuckyLogan Plymouth County, Iowa, United States March 09, 2015 Details
March 07, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States March 08, 2015 Details
June 09, 2010 curtis.lehman (Jeff Pusateri) St Lawrence County, New York, United States March 08, 2015 Details
March 04, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States March 06, 2015 Details
March 05, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States March 06, 2015 Details
March 05, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States March 06, 2015 Details
February 26, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States March 01, 2015 Details
June 05, 2004 LRGoodger Cass County, Michigan, United States February 24, 2015 Details
July 08, 2011 strixv Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States February 19, 2015 Details
February 12, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States February 15, 2015 Details
February 07, 2015 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States February 14, 2015 Details
July 04, 2014 AllenRatz Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States February 08, 2015 Details
July 04, 2014 AllenRatz Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States February 08, 2015 Details
July 05, 2014 reutere Delaware County, New York, United States February 05, 2015 Details
June 12, 2014 reutere Delaware County, New York, United States February 02, 2015 Details
June 16, 2014 reutere Delaware County, New York, United States February 02, 2015 Details
June 11, 2014 reutere Delaware County, New York, United States January 30, 2015 Details
September 02, 1968 Indy Entomologist Lagrange County, Indiana, United States January 27, 2015 Details
May 30, 2014 reutere Delaware County, New York, United States January 26, 2015 Details
June 07, 2014 reutere Delaware County, New York, United States January 26, 2015 Details
June 01, 2014 Kzfisherman Grant County, Wisconsin, United States January 23, 2015 Details
August 01, 1984 Indy Entomologist White County, Indiana, United States January 22, 2015 Details
May 18, 2004 Indy Entomologist Boone County, Indiana, United States January 12, 2015 Details
August 08, 2014 sdavis54 Kenosha County, Wisconsin, United States January 02, 2015 Details
August 11, 2014 Ilona L. Dane County, Wisconsin, United States December 29, 2014 Details
May 23, 2014 Ilona L. Dane County, Wisconsin, United States December 28, 2014 Details
July 13, 2013 strixv Prince Georges County, Maryland, United States December 25, 2014 Details
September 16, 2014 Michelle Menard Pickens County, Georgia, United States December 16, 2014 Details
May 24, 2014 Sue Gregoire Schuyler County, New York, United States December 07, 2014 Details
July 24, 2014 Ashelainee Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States November 22, 2014 Details
October 10, 2014 jjflossem Hernando County, Florida, United States November 18, 2014 Details
August 07, 2014 michaeloberg Osage County, Missouri, United States November 14, 2014 Details