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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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25 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.

  9. Chantal G. says:

    Kanata, Ontario. Luna Moth on our yard, never seen one before. Spent 1 day in our front yard grass was gone by morning. About 4 1/2 maybe 5 inches long from antennae to tip of bottom wings.

  10. Tara says:

    Hello there! My son found a luna moth on Manitoulin island July 1 2015. Hope this helps you track their migratory patterns.

  11. Heather says:

    I found one on the hood of my car in Dartmouth Nova scotia ..It was Huge … Wider the my hand ..I was completely amazed !!!!! Absolutely Beautiful !!!

  12. Sarah says:

    Saw a huge Luna Moth today in a large area of Skunk’s Cabbage in the Dundas Valley outside of Hamilton. It was on the underside of a leaf close to the ground, camouflaged very well. Although it was only 4pm and the sun was still shining, I watched as the moth spread its wings and flew up through the trees. Rather a spiritual moment as I had just moments before been notified of the passing of a friend’s child after a prolonged illness. A sign, perhaps? It was beautiful and brought great peace to me.

  13. The Grants says:

    Beautiful large male Luna at our door last night, Magical. We are near Perth, Ontario.

  14. Lynn Cottreau says:

    Have a beautiful Luna Moth on my patio,, here in Yarmouth Nova Scotia ,,,, always heard of them ,, beautiful

  15. Julie says:

    We just found a Luna moth on our front door yesterday, hung around all afternoon and evening. First time we have ever seen one of these guys! Kids were quite shocked by it, never mind, I was quite impressed by it. We are in Trenton Ontario.

  16. maureen says:

    I am in bailiboro Ontario and I woke up this mprning to find a luna moth attatched to my screen door its still here.

  17. Brian Cameron says:

    We saw a beautiful Luna Moth at the Georgian College in Orillia Ontario, Canada while dropping off our granddaughter there on Tuesday, 19th June 2018 at about 3:00Pm. I think it was trying to go to it’s dorm room at the college.

  18. Virginia says:

    Found a Luna moth on our cabin this morning at the Canadian Ecology Centre in Samuel De Champlain Provincial Park, Mattawa, On.

  19. Kris Simpson says:

    I found a Luna Moth in my barn this evening. I live in Flamborough, Ontario. That is near Dundas, Ontario

  20. Janice says:

    Luna Moth on the screen of our home in North bay, Ontario

  21. Pam McEwing says:

    My daughter and I found a Luna Moth on the shores of the Shubenacadie River in Nova Scotia yesterday. It was water logged. We let it crawl on a stick and moved it to higher, safer ground . Amazing to see.

  22. Ben says:

    Just spotted a Luna Moth in Shelburne Nova Scotia. Awesome sight!

  23. David Doney says:

    My Wife and I found a Luna Moth in the Car park of a Brantford Ontario Walmart shopping center.
    It was on the tarmacfighting the wind.
    I allowed it to climb onto my hand and placed it in a garden bed where it crawled into the shade of a flower.
    This is at 9 am in the morning.
    Seemed strange to see on in such a built up area.
    Sat July 13 2019

  24. Adam Clare says:

    Luna moth spotted Guelph ontario early this morrning. was flying at reflections on the ground in our factory, caught it and put it outside.

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