Luna Moth, Actias luna

Luna moths, of the Saturniidae family, are among the largest moths in North America and one of the Asian Silk moths. This pristine beauty just emerged from its coccoon at Sweetbriar Nature Center, Smithtown, LI. Although considered to be common, moths are rarely seen because they are nocturnal and have a brief lifespan. Saturniidae adults have no mouths and emerge from their cocoon for the sole purpose of mating…and then they die.