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Luna Moths Emerging

6-27-16  luna moth 002June is giant silk moth month, when these giant-bodied/winged moths in the family Saturniidae emerge.  Perhaps the most familiar giant silk moth is the Luna Moth, Actias luna. One of the largest moths in North America, its wingspan measures 4 ½ inches.  If you see one of these beautiful creatures, you are witness to its very short adult  lifespan.  After emerging from their cocoons, Luna Moths live for only about a week, during which time their sole mission is to mate. Like many other ephemeral insects, adult Luna Moths have no mouthparts and thus, do not eat.

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10 responses

  1. D. McKee

    Mary,

    We love your column and find many of your creatures in our little yard in rural VT. I thought you might appreciate this photo of a Luna, freshly emerged, that I was able to capture several years ago.

    deb

    On Mon, Jun 27, 2016 at 6:44 AM, Naturally Curious with Mary Holland wrote:

    > Mary Holland posted: “June is giant silk moth month, when these > giant-bodied/winged moths in the family Saturniidae emerge. Perhaps the > most familiar giant silk moth is the Luna Moth, Actias luna. One of the > largest moths in North America, its wingspan measures 4 ½ inches. I” >

    June 27, 2016 at 8:24 am

  2. Dede Heath

    A luna moth appeared outside our bedroom window late 2 nights ago, in response to our light. Gloriously lovely creatures! I like thinking of them as giant silk moths. I’ve seen them perhaps every June here in midcoast Maine. Such a wonderfully ephemeral being! Thank you, again, Mary Holland!

    June 27, 2016 at 9:16 am

  3. You’re so very welcome, Dede.

    June 27, 2016 at 12:50 pm

  4. Such a beautiful moth – I’ve never seen a live one, only dead. They must be amazing in flight!

    June 27, 2016 at 10:14 pm

  5. Nancy Dean

    I used to have many appear on my deck, after dark, but those days have gone. Now, it’s rare for us to see them.

    Nancy Dean,

    Norwich

    June 28, 2016 at 1:00 am

  6. What a beautiful, and wonderfully coloured moth!

    July 3, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    • Thank you so much for both this comment and the dragonfly comment. I will definitely go to your website and see your photographs!

      July 4, 2016 at 7:34 pm

      • You are welcome, Mary, and thank you 🙂 I will look forward to catching up on your blog and future installments. Best wishes.

        July 5, 2016 at 9:51 am

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