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. 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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