Latest News for: Actias luna


Master Gardener: Gardeners are explorers

Tyler Morning Telegraph 13 Oct 2021
I had discovered an adult Luna moth, Actias luna (L.) ... The Luna moth is rarely seen due to its nocturnal lifestyle and short lifespan (one week) as an adult ... The adult Luna moth emerges from the cocoon beneath the host tree, which is exactly where I had found my specimen. According to a 2016 study, the Luna moth population is in decline ... ....

Nature News: Polyphemus moths have got their eyes on you

Fosters 14 Jul 2021
Who doesn’t get excited upon finding a huge moth? While we don’t have the diversity of butterflies and moths found in the tropics, we do have some remarkable species up here ... The ethereal luna moth (Actias luna) is another large, common and well-known silk moth ... This is important because Polyphemus moths need to find each other quickly ... .

Luna Moth

The Dillon Herald 23 Aug 2020
The Luna moth (Actias luna) is one of the most stunning moths found in North America ....

Forest Journal: Mothing for beginners

Union Leader 26 Jul 2020
And don’t worry — they don’t bite! Some, like the giant silkworm moths (Luna, Polyphemous, and ... This spring was so productive for Luna moths (Actias luna) that moth enthusiasts in some areas of New Hampshire reported dozens of lunas attracted to their lights on some nights.

Curious Kids: Why are moths attracted to light?

Lebanon Express 09 Dec 2019
Moths flutter toward light at night, but why? NeagoneFo/ Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages ... One of us grew up in Mexico. And one of us grew up in Alaska ... The long tails of the luna moth can trick bats into attacking their tail instead of their body, so the moth can get away. Actias luna is often found in the eastern U.S.

Exploring The Last Green Valley: Luna moth a recognizable, beautiful creature

The Bulletin 17 Aug 2019
A few weeks ago, I discovered a large, bright green caterpillar in the yard. It was the size of my thumb with small dark spots and several hairy spines on its back ... It held fast to the blades of grass, so I went indoors to check my guide to butterflies and moths and discovered it to be the caterpillar of the luna moth (Actias luna). [...] ... .

Not all Pennsylvania moths are drab tan and gray. Take a look

Penn Live 25 Jul 2019
Many moths are the expected dull, flat tan, brown and gray. But Pennsylvania is home to some that are brightly colored and patterned. Here are 17 beauties. Rosy maple moth. Rosy maple moth. Dryocampa rubicunda. Wingspan. 1.25-2.25 inches. Host plants for caterpillar. Maple, oak. Habitat. Deciduous forests ... Hypoprepia miniate ... Luna moth. Luna moth. Actias luna ... .

The Outside Story: Flight of the luna moth

Rutland Herald 13 Jul 2019
These beautiful moths are luna moths, named for the Roman goddess of the moon ... The luna moth (Actias luna) is one of the largest species of moths in North America, with a wingspan of 3 to 4 inches ... The female luna moth releases a pheromone which males can detect from a distance with their comb-like antennae.
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