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Luna Moth

Actias luna


These moths are large, with a 4 to 5 inch wingspan. Wings are light green, marked with transparent spots and a pink-purple or yellow forewing margins and hind wings bearing long twisted tails. Antennae are feathery, with antennae of males being more feathery than those of females. Caterpillars are translucent light green with a pale yellow horizontal line along each side and reddish-orange fleshy knobs (tubercles) on each body segment. They grow to be 2 3/4 inches long.


Caterpillars have chewing mouthparts. Adults have siphoning mouths. Caterpillars feed on leaves of walnut, hickory, sweetgum, maple, oak, persimmon, willow and other trees. Adults can be attracted to lights, or males can be attracted to an imprisoned female. All colors will fade in preserved specimens when exposed to light. Mated female luna moths can be caged over a food plant on which she will deposit eggs.


flew into my house, was a very nice guest for about a day

2 Species ID Suggestions

Steffi 13 years ago
Luna Moth
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TedLange 13 years ago
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1 Comment

Josh9 13 years ago

Looks like a Luna Moth perhaps

Wes Masters
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Wes Masters

Tennessee, USA

Spotted on Jul 5, 2011
Submitted on Jul 5, 2011

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