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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August 29, 2015 Jean Fontaine Greenville County, South Carolina, United States September 01, 2015 Details
August 29, 2015 Alexsbuddy Jasper County, Missouri, United States September 01, 2015 Details
August 31, 2015 scallan13 Houston County, Georgia, United States August 31, 2015 Details
August 25, 2015 justme1081 Harrisonburg City County, Virginia, United States August 30, 2015 Details
August 26, 2015 digginflowers Kent County, Delaware, United States August 29, 2015 Details
August 26, 2015 Marymarie428 Harford County, Maryland, United States August 26, 2015 Details
August 16, 2015 CathK Albany County, New York, United States August 23, 2015 Details
August 20, 2015 GIRLOWAR Ocean County, New Jersey, United States August 21, 2015 Details
June 09, 2015 Wren Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States August 21, 2015 Details
August 16, 2015 Joan Sharpe Shenandoah County, Virginia, United States August 19, 2015 Details
July 11, 2015 Chesaloosa Caroline County, Maryland, United States August 17, 2015 Details
August 15, 2015 Brookehaddock Boone County, Indiana, United States August 16, 2015 Details
August 14, 2015 Barbara McNickle Labette County, Kansas, United States August 15, 2015 Details
August 04, 2015 Sheryl Johnson Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States August 15, 2015 Details
August 15, 2015 Kathy Suntato Perquimans County, North Carolina, United States August 15, 2015 Details
July 25, 2015 monikawood Steuben County, New York, United States August 13, 2015 Details
July 23, 2015 jdrsmom917 Franklin County, Ohio, United States August 12, 2015 Details
August 08, 2015 Droseblade32211 Boone County, Missouri, United States August 11, 2015 Details
August 11, 2015 NiNi68 Limestone County, Alabama, United States August 11, 2015 Details
August 10, 2015 camispappy Grant County, Indiana, United States August 10, 2015 Details
August 02, 2015 Tagnrocky Hamilton County, Indiana, United States August 10, 2015 Details
August 09, 2015 digginflowers Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States August 09, 2015 Details
June 16, 2015 a-o Tompkins County, New York, United States August 07, 2015 Details
August 04, 2015 luvtko27 Jackson County, Illinois, United States August 05, 2015 Details
August 02, 2015 mafetter Marion County, Indiana, United States August 03, 2015 Details
July 19, 2015 mafetter Marion County, Indiana, United States August 03, 2015 Details
July 29, 2015 mfontenot27 Washtenaw County, Michigan, United States August 03, 2015 Details
August 02, 2015 Kamoo95 Cheatham County, Tennessee, United States August 02, 2015 Details
July 17, 2015 hzweibohmer Fayette County, Iowa, United States August 01, 2015 Details
July 29, 2015 Ellen Rogers Indiana, United States July 31, 2015 Details
July 31, 2015 Btad4uk22 Bullitt County, Kentucky, United States July 31, 2015 Details
June 03, 2015 Mara Holley Washington County, Tennessee, United States July 28, 2015 Details
July 27, 2015 ahager1992 Greene County, Ohio, United States July 27, 2015 Details
July 24, 2015 stomlins701 Cocke County, Tennessee, United States July 27, 2015 Details
July 25, 2015 slushdad Sussex County, Delaware, United States July 25, 2015 Details
July 23, 2015 Qburke Kent County, Michigan, United States July 24, 2015 Details
July 23, 2015 Nicolaruth27 Hamilton County, Indiana, United States July 24, 2015 Details
July 23, 2015 cathy_hnry Currituck County, North Carolina, United States July 24, 2015 Details
July 24, 2015 sst Prince William County, Virginia, United States July 24, 2015 Details
July 12, 2015 ssorigin Nova Scotia, Canada July 22, 2015 Details
June 14, 2015 Debra and Don Nova Scotia, Canada July 22, 2015 Details
June 26, 2015 Sandyh Houghton County, Michigan, United States July 22, 2015 Details
July 22, 2015 Mary Copeland Marshall County, Alabama, United States July 22, 2015 Details
July 20, 2015 curtis.lehman Virginia, United States, Wythe County July 21, 2015 Details
July 21, 2015 mommanik24 Marion County, Indiana, United States July 21, 2015 Details
July 19, 2015 Ellen Rogers Indiana, United States July 20, 2015 Details
July 01, 2015 Jeff Trahan Claiborne Parish, Louisiana, United States July 20, 2015 Details
July 20, 2015 Kee Oth Forsyth County, Georgia, United States July 20, 2015 Details
May 22, 2015 fern73 Okeechobee County, Florida, United States July 19, 2015 Details
June 17, 2015 Ellen Rogers Indiana, United States July 18, 2015 Details