Emperor Moth

Emperor moth

Name: Emperor Moth

Scientific name: Saturnia pavonia

Category: Minibeasts

Nature Stars: 80

What are nature stars?

About: A widespread but never very common moth of heathland, moorland, woodland rides, sand dunes and grassland scrub. A very large moth, the female has a wingspan of up to 10cm. Males are smaller, wih large feathery antennae. A beautiful, fluffy moth, pale grey with big peacock-like eye spots on all four wings and with pinky red markings at the wing tips. The caterpillars feed on heather, bramble and blackthorn.

How to identify: Unmistakeable: the only large moth with eye spots on all four wings. The smaller Eyed Hawkmoth has two large eyespots on the hind wings only.

Where: Widespread

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 10
  • Agility: 70
  • Rarity: 70
  • Cute factor: 30
  • Traveller: 50

Fantastic fact: One of Britain's largest insects.

Photograph credit: Dr Malcolm Storey

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