Friday, April 02, 2010

Luna Moth

The Luna Moth (Actias luna) in the image was spotted on a Sweetgum (Liquadambar styraciflua) in the parking area at the Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest.

The Sweetgum is a host tree for the Luna Moth.  The adult Luna Moth does not eat.  The adult's mission is to find a mate and reproduce.  Based on this individual's fresh look, it likely emerged from its cocoon recently and has not yet had time to tatter its wings in search of a mate.

Images by Mark Musselman

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Spotted one while we were enroute to the cottage in minden ontario canada...was a beautiful sight.looked like it was having a rest from its long journey.......