Crow’s Nest: Luna moth

August 29, 2015

By Daniel Barringer, Preserve Manager


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.

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