luna moth

noun
lu·​na moth | \ ˈlü-nə- How to pronounce luna moth (audio) \

Definition of luna moth

: a large mostly pale green American saturniid moth (Actias luna) with long tails on the hind wings

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Recent Examples on the Web The luna moth doesn’t even have a mouth or digestive system. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "How a caterpillar becomes a butterfly: Metamorphosis, explained," 11 Aug. 2020 That had the unintended consequence of killing luna moths as well as other native moths. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "The impressive luna moth and preparing for a bio-diverse yard," 22 Aug. 2019 Still, a luna moth momma can lay from 200-600 eggs. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "The impressive luna moth and preparing for a bio-diverse yard," 22 Aug. 2019 However, unlike the surreal green luna moth that emerges at the end of Montgomery's video, what emerges once Sweet Pass Sculpture Park is no more may be far more banal. Dallas News, "West Dallas sculpture park provides an oasis in a rapidly changing neighborhood," 19 June 2019 In it, Virginia Lee Montgomery's Pony Cocoon is a 4k digital video that shows a luna moth emerging from the cocoon of a blond ponytail. Dallas News, "West Dallas sculpture park provides an oasis in a rapidly changing neighborhood," 19 June 2019

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First Known Use of luna moth

1869, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for luna moth

New Latin luna (specific epithet of Actias luna), from Latin, moon

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“Luna moth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/luna%20moth. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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