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Emperor Moth
Saturnia pavonia

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1643 / 68.001

Davey, P., 2009: The species is widespread in open habitats, the larva feeding on heather (Calluna spp.), sallow (Salix spp.), bramble (Rubus fruticosus), hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) and blackthorn (Prunus spinosa). In Dorset, the moth is local and at low density, and has been recorded from many of the heathland blocks in the county. The larva has been found chiefly on ling (Calluna vulgaris) and bell heather (Erica cinerea), and, despite its size and exotic appearance, blends in well with its... Read More

Recorded in 13 (33%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1886.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
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 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
13/05/201959SU00 Wimborne
10/05/201919SY88 Wool / Lulworth
29/04/201919SY98 Wareham
23/04/201929SY98 Wareham
22/04/201919SY98 Wareham

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