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Male Actias Luna in January?
Hi Bugman,
Thanks for your dedication to the inspiring and educational "What’s That Bug?" website. You are sparking the entomologist in every viewer’s heart- whether they knew they had it in them or not! This beautiful moth appears to be an Actias Luna and I think it is a male. Because it is appearing in January, I am wondering if it is an example of an earlier generation for this year or if you think it is an added generation from last year? Either way, it is supposed to be dormant in an "overwinter" stage but there is no winter to over! Thanks again for your assistance! I look forward to your reply – if time allows.
Jessica Madden
Education Specialist
The Tampa Tribune
News In Education

Hi Jessica,
Insects that have defined generations generally have individuals that appear out of season. Also, the emergence patterns will change if the winter is warmer or colder than normal. This is most definitely a Luna Moth. Congratulations on a wonderful sighting.

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4 Responses to Luna Moth in Florida

  1. Carol says:

    Just an FYI……
    I didn’t have a chance to get a picture, but there was a Luna moth on my sliding glass door this morning.

    Canton, CT

  2. What does lunar moths eat?

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