Saturniidae : Saturniinae
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Emperor Moth
Saturnia pavonia

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1643 / 68.001

A common but local resident.

Typically a species of moorland and heathland.

The males can be seen dashing over heather in sunshine, looking for the females that emit a pheromone. A recent pheromone lure has proved very effective in attracting males; sometimes in large numbers.

Overwinters as a pupa, sometimes over several winters.

Recorded in 52 (37%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: M 27-32mm, F 35-41mm
Flight: April - May
Foodplant:   Heathers, Bramble, Hawthorns etc
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
28/06/20193VC37 - WorcestershireSO87 -
30/05/20191VC36 - HerefordshireSO75
24/05/20191VC37 - WorcestershireSO86
19/05/2019+VC37 - WorcestershireSO87
05/05/20191VC37 - WorcestershireSO94

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