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ISM System :Butterfly and Moth Collection: Introduction

Moths

Butterfly and Moth Image Gallery : Moths

Actias luna (Luna Moth)

The Luna Moth, active at night, is unmistakable for its pale green color and long tails. Each wing sports a circular spot. There is a brown margin across the front of the forewings. Wingspan is from 4 to 5 inches.

Adults emerge in spring. Females lay eggs on the host plants, which include trees of the alder, beech, hickory, and sweetgum species. Cocoons are at ground level, hidden amid leaf litter.

Collection of the Illinois State Museum
Photographed by Dr. Everett Cashatt
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<b>Actias luna  (Luna Moth)</b>

Butterfly and Moth Image Gallery : Moths

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