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Luna Moth, a large green moth - Actias luna - male

Luna Moth, a large green moth - Actias luna - Male
Fort Bragg, Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA
April 1, 2006
Size: wingspan 11 cm
I measured from tip of wing to tip of wing with a ruler and got 11 cm, maybe even a smidgen more.

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Luna Moth - a large green and pink moth - Actias luna - male Luna Moth, a large green moth - Actias luna - male Luna Moth - Actias luna - male

Kids found one!
Stuck in the netting around a fence. We cut the netting and set it free. Hung out on the ground and seemed to have trouble flying away. I hope it flew away after we went away and left it alone. It was gone this morning. I am so glad the kids had the experience of seeing one and taking pictures. We're in IL just over border from NE Indiana. Ours didn't have the dark red markings on the edge of the wings, perhaps it was very young or they were really faint?

 
A First for Me
I saw one of these yesterday outside my office in Charleston, SC. I've never seen anything like it. I only wish I'd been quick enough to take a picture so my co-workers wouldn't have thought I'd lost my mind when I was trying to explain it to them.

Saw this yesterday...
Saw the pale Luna moth a couple of days ago in my yard, thought it was dead, but it started quivering when I touched it, and then it flew away and circled back. I took a movie of it. Wonderful!!

This morning, my husband saw a darker green one by our patio.

If I could figure out how to embed the video, I'd do it. Spectacular moment. Fitting after the rare meteor shower last night.

N.
West Des Moines, Iowa

 
Hi NanFan
The best thing to do with the video is to post it to youtube and then place a link in a comment here.

Found one on our porch this m
Found one on our porch this morning. It was flopping around on the ground for a little while before it finally flew away. Had never seen one before.

Bob
Crossville, TN

I am in Tampa, Florida and ju
I am in Tampa, Florida and just saw my first Luna Moth! I have never seen anything other than large brown ones. The lenght is 9cm and wing across almost 11cm.(not extended) He is attracted to our Hornet Spray can and won't leave. LOL! He is beautiful and yellow. My son says because he is not out in the sun. I will post pics as soon as I figure out how to upload them on this site. Are these common in Florida? I will have to read up on moths. This is fun! When I post it, you will see it on the hornet spray can

 
Luna Moth found in Fujian China
we found a luna moth the day before yesterday in the evening when we were back home on bikes when it attracted to a highway greenery bed. my daughter a bachelor of english liguistic was surprised by the beauty of it and carefully picked it home with a safe film pack and let it lay eggs comfortably around some green leaves. alas it soon died off to day in morn and it is mornful to us all. my wife and daughter want to put the eggs (roughly 50 in all) in the forest near our home town fuqing in haikou southern hills hoping they can hatch and grow new moths. pray for them as the species registered in endangered list.
Luna Moths are members of the Saturniidae family, also known as the "Giant Silkworm Moths."

Luna Moths are huge moths, with a wingspan of four and a half inches. They have a white body, pinkish legs, and huge pale green wings. The hindwings have eyespots and long tails.

They fly, only at night, in Spring and early Summer.

The female Luna Moth lays eggs on the bottom of Black Walnut leaves. She lays about 200 eggs in small groups.

Once the eggs are laid, it takes about 10 days for them to hatch. Caterpillars begin eating as soon as they leave the egg.

They eat leaves from many different trees and shrubs, including: Sweetgum, American Beech, Red Maple, hickories, White Oak, Black Cherry, willows, American Chestnut, and Smooth Sumac.

 
Luna Moth
I work for a school system in Avon, Indiana (West of Indianapolis) and today around noon I looked out the window and saw this huge green moth on the window screen. I had my camera with me and took three pictures that were close to the moth. How beautiful she was and large. I went on the Internet to see what type of moth I had pictures of. Now knowing that it was a Luna Moth and that the moth is on the endanger list and only lives for one week. I feel like I had a great privilege seeing this wonderful moth up close.
5/24/11

 
endangered list
Though this moth may be rarely seen, I don't think it's on the endangered list.

luna moth
woww what an experience jst saw my very first on the ground this morn! saved it and thought to put it back in the wild yet now i see it has no tail and i knew the wings were bent, now what to do with it
i put it in the shade on a garden phlox hope it will be ok! email me if you know what i can do with this moth. thanks

 
Luna Moth
Just found a luna moth this morning on a white post at the front of my house in Killaloe Ontario Canada...absolutely awesome...largest moth I have ever seen...

 
Luna Moth
My husband saw a luna moth last month and took a few pix of it, otherwise I'm sure I wouldn't have believed his description of it, especially the size! We had no idea what it was so the BugGuide was a huge help. We're in Upper Tantallon, Nova Scotia, Canada, just outside of Halifax (east coast) and had never seen anything like it before. Ahhhhh, nature at its finest!

 
I agree
when you see one for the first time it is an amazing sight!

luna moth
June 16,2009 saw my first Luna Moth since I was a kid 50 years ago. First seen in Balls Falls,Ontario now in Orillia,Ontario. On neighbour's garage and was able to identify for him. Once built a model of one for the Beamsville Fair and I still remembered.

 
Cool!
Yes, this moth always brings me a moment of happiness when I see one. Unfortunately, I am now living out of its range. Once you see one, you'll never forget.

Luna Moth
Hi today is June 10/09 and when i came home here in Cutler Ontario Canada this moth was on my door. what surprized me was when i took a picture and showed it around know one could tell me what it was. Every year at this time i have one on my door. I looked it up on the computer and found the luna here. Can anyone tell me if this is just a stop on the way? And where do they go it says here there from North Carolina USA?
thanks for your help Laura

 
Range
I'm not sure about in Canada, but ...
In the United States this species has been found in every state east of the Great Plains

 
Luna Moth
I live in Perth Ontario. Last summer, 2012, sometime between July and August, not sure of the exact date, I saw a Luna Moth sunbathing on a concrete column at the local mall. This was early morning with an eastern exposure, about 7am, EST. I was getting my morning Subway and dragged the 3 staff outside to see this beauty. It was a first for all of us but a second sighting for me in this town in the last 3 years. Two years prior I startled another very large multi colored moth hiding in the afternoon shade of a wood pile at the Lumber yard. This green one was easily 4inches from tip to tip if not more. I have a picture, hard copy, but no way to send it online.

 
Yes, they are amazing to see
If you want to share your picture with us you can always take a digital picture of your picture.

 
Luna Moth
That's an excellent idea and that's what I'll do, thank you.

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