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Luna Moth

Luna Moth mating

Luna Moth mating Luna Moth wings
Luna Moth


Above © Timothy C. Clark; suburban backyard, Woodbridge, VA; June 2013

Middle row right and center © Kim Hosen; Merrimac Farm WMA, Nokesville, VA; June 2014

Middle row right © Kim Hosen; Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge, Woodbridge, VA; May 2011

Lower left © Kelly Moravec; suburban train station, Woodbridge, VA; June 2013

Luna Moth
Actias luna
Family Saturniidae, Giant Silkworm and Royal Moths

Luna moths are found in deciduous forest in every U.S. state east of the Great Plains.

Adults live only about one week and eat nothing, their only job is to reproduce.

Caterpillars eat a variety of trees, including persimmon, hickory, sweet gum and sumacs.