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Emperor Moth
Saturnia pavonia

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1643 / 68.001

Norfolk status
Britain's only resident member of the Saturniidae family.
Heathland, fens, woodland and hedgerows.

The males, which have bright orange hindwings, fly during the day in search of the greyer females, which fly at night.

Recently well recorded across Norfolk due to the use of newly developed pheromone lures.

Larvae are also regularly recorded at all instars, especially the distinctive green fully grown caterpillars with black hoops containing yellow wart-like spots.

Pheromone attractants: EMP Lure
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Recorded in 59 (80%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1873.
Last Recorded in 2024.

Additional Stats...

Total Records 1112
Total Specimens 1613
Earliest Adult on Mar 12 (2018)
Latest Adult on May 31 (2011)
Earliest Adult in 2024 on Mar 18
Latest Adult in 2024 on May 9
Total Records in 2024 : 55
Total Specimens in 2024 : 90

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    Latest 5 Records
    Date#VC10kGeneral Area
    07/06/2024128TL99Rockland St Peter
    27/05/20242028TF71Narborough Railway NNR
    24/05/2024128TL69Stoke Ferry
    21/05/2024+27TG42Hickling NNR / Potter Heigham
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    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    Forewing: M 27-32mm. F 35-41mm.
    Flight: One generation. March-May.
    Foodplant:   Woody plants Heathers, Bramble, Hawthorns etc
    Red List: Least Concern (LC)
    GB Status: Common
    Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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