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big green moth
Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 7:01 AM
We’re in Petawawa, Onatario and recently have had several of these beautiful moths visit us. The smallest one we saw was bigger than any moth we’ve ever seen, and the largest spanned the palm of my hand.
Anderson Family
Petawawa, Ontario, Canada

Luna Moth

Luna Moth

Dear Anderson Family,
Congratulations on your Luna Moth sightings. The Luna Moth, which is native to eastern North America from Florida to Canada, is probably the most distinctive North American Moth. It is unlikely that it could be confused with any other species. The Luna Moth is one of the Giant Silk Moths that only lives a few days as an adult, long enough to mate and lay eggs. It has no functional mouth parts and it cannot eat as an adult. Your sighting is our northernmost report this year. Florida sightings generally begin in February and as mild weather moves north, so do the Luna Moth emergences. The moth has spent its metamorphosis period in a pupa encased in a cocoon loosely spun around a leaf that falls to the ground and is buried in leaf litter.

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9 Responses to Luna Moth from Canada

  1. Colleen Drummond says:

    I just found a Beautiful Luna Moth in Brockville Ontario Canada

  2. Stan Cordy says:

    Luna moth sighting in Perth, Ontario, Canada.
    July 12 2013 — 2 pm
    My granddaughter saw this big fellow in our screen shelter which is not likely a big surprise (other than they are rare these days) considering it is at the base of a very large black walnut tree. I presume its a female who has just laid her eggs.
    Hopefully this is the right forum for this report.

  3. John says:

    Sited an Actias luna 4th instar caterpillar yesterday on an outer island in Georgian Bay north of Parry Sound yesterday. Absolutely spectacular!

  4. Susan says:

    I have just spotted a Luna Moth in Muskoka near MacTier, Ontario. It is beautiful. The Audobon book of Insects says they’re unique to North America and endangered so hopefully they’re making a comeback.

  5. Rhonda Grant says:

    June 15 2014 – Selwyn Road, Lakefield Ontario
    Found a luna moth in a pole barn on our property this afternoon
    First time I have ever seen one.

  6. Claude says:

    We found a large Luna Moth in North bay.

  7. Bobbi says:

    We were at a friends cottage on Kushog Lake, Algonquin Highlands county when we spotted the moth just sitting on the side wall of the cottage. We were amazed by this beautiful bug and left it alone. It was on the deck the next morning but was gone in the afternoon. It was a beautiful site to see. Cheers :)

  8. Diane says:

    from Kingston, ON: awoke this morning to find the FOURTH – yes 4th – Luna moth on our screen door this season. The first was May 30, then June 4 [stayed 4 nights], June 28 and Jul 6. We are always so happy to see one – and not every year – but to see 4 in one season is truly wonderful.

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