Moths of North Dakota

Saturniidae: Saturniinae: Saturniini

Actias luna (Linnaeus 1758)

Common name: Luna moth.

Hodges #: 7758

Identification: Rfw 51 mm., pale green color and tails are unique for North American Lepidoptera.

Similar species: None in the New World north of Mexico.

Distribution: Southern Canada, United States east of the Great Plains, northwestward to central Manitoba.

Hosts: Larvae feed on leaves of Alnus alder (on map) and Corylus hazelnut. Other eastern hosts include Juglans walnut, Carya hickories, and Platanus sycamore.


moth image

MN, St. Louis Co., Lake Leander Barrens. 30- V- 1992, Hg/UV lt., coll. G. Fauske.


moth map

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Last updated: 03/27/02

Gerald M. Fauske
Research Specialist
202 Hultz Hall
Fargo, ND 58105

Published by the Department of Entomology 

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