New Jersey Moths

Luna Moth (Actias luna) 7758

Family: Saturniidae

Subfamily: Saturniinae

Wingspan: 3.0-4.0 inches

Range in NJ: Statewide

A U.S./Canada distribution map for this species is available here.

Flight Period: April-July, 2 broods

Larval Food Plants: Many species of deciduous trees.

Comments: This may be the most well-known and spectacular species of moth in NJ. Lunas are easily attracted to lights, including standard incandescent and fluorescent bulbs.



Luna Moth

Lafayette, Sussex County, NJ, 5/30/14.


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Eclosing