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Indian Moon Moth (Actias selene)

The Indian moon moth is a Saturniid moth, first described by German entomologist Jacob Hubner in 1807. It is very popular among enthusiasts and collectors.

Indian Moon Moth

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Scientific Classification


  • Family: Saturniidae
  • Genus: Actias
  • Scientific Name: Actias selene

Description and Identification

Caterpillar

The larvae are apple green, except for the 2nd instar when they appear bright red. They are covered with different-colored hairs all over, yellow on the upper sides, and black on the sides and undersides.

Indian Moon Moth Caterpillars

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Pupa

The pupa remain encased in an oval-shaped, pale brown cocoon.

Indian Moon Moth Pupa

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Adult Moth

Sexual Dimorphism: Present. The females appear duller in coloration than their male counterparts.

Color and Appearance

Forewing: When the wings are open, they are a pale green with a white base and round ocherous spots, one on each side, pink at the center. When the wings are closed, the colors remains unchanged, with one of the two spots visible.

Hindwing: When the wings are open, they are similar in color to the forewing and even have a spot just like them. The wings extend into a long pink tail. When the wings are closed, the patterns and colors are still visible.

Average wingspan: 182 mm

Flight pattern: Erratic

Season: Year-round

Female Indian Moon Moth

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Egg

The eggs, 2mm in length, are white, mottled brown and black.

Indian Moon Moth Eggs

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Quick Facts

Other namesIndian luna moth
DistributionPrimarily India, Japan, and Nepal, as well as Borneo and Sri Lanka
HabitatAreas with high humidity
Lifespan of Adults7-10 days
Host PlantsApple, andromeda, banana, cherry, hawthorn, red robin, sweetgum, and willow
Adult DietDoes not feed

Did You Know

  • They have four subspecies – Actias selene selene, Actias selene brevijuxta, Actias selene eberti, and Actias selene taprobanis.
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