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Luna Moth Caterpillar

Actias luna

Description:

Fully grown plump caterpillars are lime green in color and about 2 inches in length. Between each caterpillar segment is a lighter, yellow-green stripe. In addition, there is a yellow-green stripe found along the entire length of the moth on each side of the body.

Habitat:

Found in deciduous woods that contain one of the host plants for the caterpillar. These plants include Sweetgum, American Beech, Red Maple, hickories, White Oak, Black Cherry, willows, American Chestnut, and Smooth Sumac. This one was crawling underneath hickory on the Bartram Trail in Columbia County, GA.

Notes:

The caterpillars eat the leaves of the host plant but do little damage to the trees.

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KenCheeks
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KenCheeks

Georgia, USA

Spotted on May 15, 2011
Submitted on Jan 20, 2013

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