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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*
Luna Moth - Large Larva - Set of 6 *DOES NOT INCLUDE HOST PLANT*
Luna Moth Pupa/ Cocoon - Set of 3
Sweet Gum (Six inch Pot)

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 Adult


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.

Luna Moth Range Map