Luna Moth

My Home: I am found in trees of the eastern part of the United States and into Canada. I only fly at night and that is
how I got my name, the word "luna" means moon.

What I eat: As a caterpillar, I will eat hickory, sycamore and walnut leaves. I do not have a mouth and do not eat as an adult.

What I look like: My wings are light green with yellow stripes
that have a long wing tail. My wingspan is approximately
five inches long and four inches wide. I am one of the
largest moths in North America.

How I am born: I will go through four stages
of development: egg, caterpillar, pupa
(cocoon), and adult. The female can lay 400
to 600 eggs, four to six eggs at a time on the underside
of leaves.

It can take up to two weeks for my egg to hatch into a lime
green caterpillar with small orange spots along the sides. It takes about six weeks from the time my egg is laid to turn into an adult.

  
  Fun Facts
The adult Luna Moth does not have a mouth,
which is why they only live about a week. Luna
Moths are members of the giant silkworm family.