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Luna Moth

Image: Mike Habeck

The Luna Moth is a large and spectacular moth, with a wingspan of up to six inches. The pale green wings with translucent spots and long "tails" are distinctive. Northern populations have one generation every year, while southern populations have as many as three. The large green caterpillars can be found feeding on many different tree species, but adults do not feed. Luna moths are members of the Family Saturniidae, and are also known as Giant Silkworm Moths, so named because of their size and the silken cocoons in which they pupate.