What is the luna moth?


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The luna moth is a large moth and a member of the Saturnidae family. It's native to North American and found from Nova Scotia to Ontario and down into the midwestern and eastern United States and into Mexico.

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The luna moth is notable for its pale green wings. Both the forewings and hindwings bear eye spots. The sexes are alike except the antennae of the male moths are more feathered.

The caterpillar is plump and green with red spots. It feeds on sweet gum, hickory, walnut and other trees, though as an adult it has no mouth and can't eat. Its cocoon is papery and spun on the ground.

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