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 61 (44%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)
Additional Stats

Forewing: M 27-32mm, F 35-41mm
Flight: April - May
Foodplant:   Heathers, Bramble, Hawthorns etc
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
27/07/2022+VC40 - ShropshireSO49 -
14/07/20221VC37 - WorcestershireSO86 -
26/06/20221VC36 - HerefordshireSO53 -
22/05/20221VC37 - WorcestershireSO87
19/05/2022+VC39 - StaffordshireSK06

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