Tuesday, 5 May 2015
Meet the Emperor Moth
Here he is in all his glory :)
I can't tell you how excited I feel, having followed the life cycle from egg to caterpillar to pupa to the final emergence!
Emperor Moths belong to the family Saturniidae - which comprises about 1,300 species worldwide, mainly found in the tropics of Central and South America.
The Emperor Moth (Saturnia pavonia) is the only member of the family found in the British Isles. There is only one generation of this moth a year emerging between April and late May and the adults do not feed. Larval foodplants include heathers, alder buckthorn, hawthorn and bramble and habitat includes heathland, moorland bogs, fens, woodland rides, hedgerows and field margins.