luna moth

noun

lu·​na moth ˈlü-nə- How to pronounce luna moth (audio)
: a large mostly pale green American saturniid moth (Actias luna) with long tails on the hind wings

Illustration of luna moth

Illustration of luna moth

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But Stephens said that aspect of the luna moth’s life cycle actually appeals to him. Don Lyman, BostonGlobe.com, 16 June 2022 Animals, including birds, bats, frogs, hornets, and beetles, feed on luna moth caterpillars and adults. Don Lyman, BostonGlobe.com, 16 June 2022 The luna moth doesn’t even have a mouth or digestive system. Liz Langley, National Geographic, 11 Aug. 2020 That had the unintended consequence of killing luna moths as well as other native moths. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, 22 Aug. 2019 Still, a luna moth momma can lay from 200-600 eggs. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, 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, 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, 19 June 2019 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of luna moth was in 1869

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“Luna moth.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/luna%20moth. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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luna moth

noun

lu·​na moth ˌlü-nə- How to pronounce luna moth (audio)
: a large mostly pale green American moth with long tails on the hind wings

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