Luna Moth - Actias luna

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Luna Moth - Actias luna

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Product Name Price
Luna Moth - Medium Larva - Set of 12 *DOES NOT INCLUDE HOST PLANT*
$54.00
Luna Moth - Large Larva - Set of 6 *DOES NOT INCLUDE HOST PLANT*
$36.00
Luna Moth Pupa/ Cocoon - Set of 3
$30.00
Sweet Gum (Six inch Pot)
$22.00

Quick Overview

Luna Moths are easily recognized by their pale green coloring and long hindwing ‘tails’. A single small eyespot can be found on each forewing and hindwing.

Round, brown eggs are laid on host plant leaves and will hatch within 1-2 weeks. Larvae are bright green, and develop dark spots along their sides as they grow. Luna Moth larvae will grow to around 3 ½ inches in length and develop a reddish-orange tinge before pupating.


Luna Moths belong to the Silkmoth family, and larvae will spin a loose cocoon before pupating. The pupae are brown and oval in shape. Adults emerge from pupae within 2 weeks unless it is diapausing. Diapause is similar to hibernation, a dormant state that will last throughout the winter months. After emerging as adults, Luna Moths live around a week, and do not eat during the adult stage of metamorphosis.

Luna Moth


Actias luna


Adult Wing Span: 2 15/16 - 4 1/8 inches


Range: Common in the Eastern United States and Canada


Host Plants: Sweet Gum, Birch, Persimmon, Hickory, Walnut, and Sumac Trees


Witness the miracle of metamorphosis! Caterpillars will need a food source when they hatch. You may purchase your host plant from Shady Oak Butterfly Farm or from a local plant nursery. Be certain the plant has not been sprayed with insecticides, including the organic pesticide, BT. Caterpillars usually take from two to four weeks to reach pupation size.


** Moths can eat a great deal during the larval stage. Please be certain you have the correct amount of host plants if you are ordering larvae.**


Luna Moths may only be released outdoors in Florida. In all other states, they must remain in a rearing container for their entire life cycle.


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In order to qualify for our guarantee, we must be contacted the day your order is received. If it is after business hours, we require pictures and a message about the issue emailed to officeteam@buyabutterfly.com and/or leave a message at 877-485-2458.  To allow extra time for customers to provide pictures, we permit an additional 24 hours for pictures of damaged product(s) to be emailed to officeteam@buyabutterfly.com .

If Shady Oak is not contacted about any issues by phone or email the day of package delivery, the guarantee is void. If pictures are not received within 36 hours of package delivery, the guarantee is void.

RELEASE BUTTERFLIES

 All Release Butterflies must be shipped Next Day Air.

• Please plan on being at the delivery location when UPS arrives with your shipment. If your package is left outside on a porch or step, ants or heat may kill the butterflies. Shady Oak is not responsible for any shipments that are not signed for.

 Butterflies must be checked once they arrive. If you determine a problem of any kind, notify Shady Oak immediately by phone or email. Shady Oak must be notified of any death the day of receipt to qualify for guarantee. If no one is available to take your call, please leave a message AND send an email to our office.

If the contents are damaged, please do not destroy box or contents before contacting Shady Oak. We will require a photograph to determine what happened during shipment.

PLANTS

Plants must be checked once they arrive. If you determine a problem of any kind, notify Shady Oak immediately by phone or email. Shady Oak must be notified the day of receipt to qualify for guarantee. If no one is available to take your call, please leave a message AND send an email to our office.

If the contents are damaged, please do not destroy box or contents before contacting Shady Oak. We will require a photograph to determine what happened during shipment.

Plants that spend more than 2 days in transit may drop leaves and wilt. Therefore, Shady Oak cannot guarantee healthy plants for shipping methods that take longer than two days. Suggested shipping methods are as follows: Ground shipping will usually take 1-2 days to the following states: FL, GA, LA, MS, AL, KY, TN, SC, NC, and VA. We recommend choosing Second Day Air or Next Day Air for all other states.

LARVAE, CHRYSALISES, KITS

Please plan on being at the delivery location when UPS arrives with your shipment. If your package is left outside on a porch or step, ants or heat may kill the butterflies. Shady Oak is not responsible for any shipments that are not signed for.

•Items must be checked once they arrive. If you determine a problem of any kind, notify Shady Oak immediately by phone or email. Shady Oak must be notified the day of receipt to qualify for guarantee. If no one is available to take your call, please leave a message AND send an email to our office.

•If the contents are damaged, please do not destroy box or contents before contacting Shady Oak. We will require a photograph to determine what happened during shipment.

For heath reasons, live eggs, larvae, and chrysalises should not be in transit for more than 2 days. Therefore, Shady Oak cannot guarantee shipping methods that take longer than two days. Suggested shipping methods are as follows: Ground shipping will usually take 1-2 days to the following states: FL, GA, LA, MS, AL, KY, TN, SC, NC, and VA. We recommend choosing Second Day Air or Next Day Air for all other states.

Although Shady Oak’s guarantee is void after the day of receipt, we wish to be of help if you run into any problems during your butterfly experience. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We will gladly help troubleshoot to determine the cause of any issues. Photographs and descriptions of your rearing environment and caterpillars will be very useful in these situations.