luna moth


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n luna moth large pale-green American moth with long-tailed hind wings and a yellow crescent-shaped mark on each forewing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Luna moth (Zoöl) a very large and beautiful American moth (Actias luna). Its wings are delicate light green, with a stripe of purple along the front edge of the anterior wings, the other margins being edged with pale yellow. Each wing has a lunate spot surrounded by rings of light yellow, blue, and black. The caterpillar commonly feeds on the hickory, sassafras, and maple.
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In literature:

Many of the moths had emerged and flown, but the luna cases remained in the bottom of the box.
"The Harvester" by Gene Stratton Porter
If any collectors come chasing to you for luna moths, don't deal with them.
"Average Jones" by Samuel Hopkins Adams

In news:

It sure looks like a luna moth , but I was always under the impression that luna moths were found in the East Coast rather than west of the Rockies.
Lunas, cecropias, imperial moths , regal moths , and rosy maple moths are simply stunning.