I live in Fukushima, Japan and found this poor moth stuck to fly paper outside my apartment this morning (the landlord tacks fly paper next to every fluorescent light for misguided reasons). I freed him without harming him and he flew away, but can you tell me if he was in fact a luna moth like I suspect? Sure looks like one, but I thought they were endemic to North America, not Japan. …
(the) Brian Adler
Dear The Brian,
This is Actias artemis, a close relative and look-alike of Actias luna, the American Luna Moth. Actias artemis is native to Japan as well as Korea, China, India and Malaysia.