A giant silkworm moth, Lunas live a very short life and are not commonly seen. Adults do not eat, only mate, lay eggs, and die. Called a “Moon Moth” after the crescent moon shaped eyespots on the wings, the Luna is a strong nocturnal flyer easily attracted to lights. Bats eat the thick bodies, discarding the wings, often on the ground under night lights. Only found in North America, similar “moon” moths are found in Africa and Asia.
Latin Name: Actias Luna
Habitat:Pine Flatwoods, Oak Hammock
Diet: Larva – tree foliage, including sweet gum; Adults do not eat