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Crow’s Nest: Luna moth

August 29, 2015

By Daniel Barringer, Preserve Manager

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Yesterday a luna moth (Actias luna)¬†appeared at our house on the preserve. Above, an abstract view. Below, on the woodpile. It’s always wonderful to see these; I usually come across just one a year, though they likely raise two generations a year in our climate. Adults don’t live long, just a few days, and they are more active at night.

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This is one more reason to grow native plants in landscaping. This species relies on hickory, walnut, birch, and alder to feed its caterpillars.