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Saturnia pavonia (Linnaeus, 1758)

Emperor Moth
68.0010 (B&F: 1643)


»Suborder: Glossata
  »Superfamily: Bombycoidea
    »Family: Saturniidae
      »Subfamily: Saturniinae
        »Tribe: Saturniini

Resident. Females generally occur singly at mv light in a wide range of habitats, although males are occasionally fairly common to common by day on heath and downland. Widespread, but scarce in the far east and rare in the extreme south-western corner of the county. Single-brooded, flying mainly from mid April to late May, sometimes from early April, and occasionally from mid March or to early June. Larvae feed on bramble, heather, birch, elderberry, sallow, oak, willow, raspberry, hawthorn, Japanese quince, damson, rose and alder buckthorn. (Pratt, 2011)

Saturnia pavonia (Linnaeus, 1758)
Eastbourne, 23 iv 2015
Photo: Peter Coyston
Saturnia pavonia (Linnaeus, 1758)
Lewes, v 2017
Photo: Martin Fellows
Saturnia pavonia (Linnaeus, 1758)
Ashdown Forest, 05 vii 2009
Photo: Keith Alexander
Saturnia pavonia (Linnaeus, 1758)
Woodingdean, 02 iv 2014
Photo: Murray Tarvis
Saturnia pavonia (Linnaeus, 1758)
Findon Valley, 15 iv 2015
Photo: Mike Snelling
Saturnia pavonia (Linnaeus, 1758)
Warnham LNR, 19 iv 2007
Photo: Sam Bayley
Saturnia pavonia (Linnaeus, 1758)
Beachy Head, 7 v 2006
Photo: Adrian Thomas
Saturnia pavonia (Linnaeus, 1758)
Birling Gap, 2 iv 2010
Photo: Richard Roebuck
Saturnia pavonia (Linnaeus, 1758)
Lindfield, 2 v 2007
Photo: Bob Foreman
Saturnia pavonia (Linnaeus, 1758)
Warnham LNR, 0
Photo: Sam Bayley
Saturnia pavonia (Linnaeus, 1758)
Birling Gap, 2 iv 2010
Photo: Richard Roebuck
Saturnia pavonia (Linnaeus, 1758)
Warnham LNR, 9 viii 2005
Photo: Sam Bayley
Saturnia pavonia (Linnaeus, 1758)
Cissbury Ring, 31 vii 2007
Photo: Mike Snelling

Distribution at 1km scale

Phenology (adult)

Phenology (larval)

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