Luna Moth, Actias (=Tropaea) luna (Linneaus) (Insecta: Lepidoptera: Saturniidae: Saturniinae)
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Hall, Donald W. 2007. “Luna Moth, Actias (=Tropaea) Luna (Linneaus) (Insecta: Lepidoptera: Saturniidae: Saturniinae): EENY-411/IN737, 6/2007”. EDIS 2007 (18). Gainesville, FL.


EENY-411, a 7-page illustrated fact sheet by Donald W. Hall, is part of the Featured Creatures collection. It provides information about this beautiful moth with moon-like spots. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Entomology and Nematology, June 2007.

EENY-411/IN737: Luna Moth, Actias (=Tropaea) luna (Linneaus) (Insecta: Lepidoptera: Saturniidae: Saturniinae) (
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