luna moth


luna moth
a large, pale-green, American moth, Actias luna, having purple-brown markings, lunate spots, and long tails.
Also, Luna moth.
[1850-55, Amer.]

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Species (Actias luna) of saturniid moth of eastern North America.

Lunas are pale green and have a wingspread of 4 in. (10 cm). The wings have a thin brown border, and each hind wing has a long tail-like projection. The larvae feed on the leaves of many kinds of trees and shrubs. See also moth.

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