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1643 ~ Emperor Moth ~ Saturnia pavonia
UK Status

Resident. Common

Montgomeryshire Status

Common and widespread on the western side of the county, almost absent from the eastern half.

Wingspan :  M & F, 55-85mm.

Confusion species

None.


Flight time (Montgomeryshire)

Habitat

Open birch woodland and lightly wooded moorland.

Foodplant

Heather, bramble, hawthorn, blackthorn, sallow & meadowsweet.

Lifestage data

Eggs are laid in batches. Larva late May-August, larvae feed gregariously at first, then singly. Overwinters as a pupa in a tough papery cocoon. 
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Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by PRW, 14th May 2008, Commins Coch
Photo shows a female.

Photo by PRW, 14th May 2008, Commins Coch
Photo shows a male.
 
Photo by PRW, 15th Aug 2007, Commins Coch

Photo by PRW, 15th Apr 2010, Commins Coch. Eggs...