Actias luna

lunarmoth

Here’s something you don’t see very often!

Actuas luna, commonly known as the Luna moth, can be found over roughly two thirds of North America, and is one of the largest lepidopterans in the Western Hemisphere. I’m guessing that this one, were it to fully extend it’s wings, would have covered my palm.

This one was seen outside of my workplace on the morning of June 15, 2015. From the size of the antennae, I’m guessing this is a female. The antennae of the males are much larger, and look like fern leaves. These creatures are largely nocturnal, and spend almost all of their adult life – all seven to ten days of it – mating and/or dropping eggs. Perhaps this one was resting after a busy night?


Other creatures from Mt. Pony: