Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Emperor ...

... moths (Saturnia pavonia), newly emerged. With a wingspan of approximately 80mm, the Emperor moth is one of the largest moths found in the UK. It has four very distinctive eye-markings, one on each wing, Emperor moths are the only UK members of the silk-moth family.

... taken last May when in the Caterpillar stage. The female Emperor moth lays her eggs within a few hours after mating. The eggs take about 10 days to hatch. The Emperor moth caterpillars, seen from May to August, are black and hairy when newly hatched. As they grow they change to green with yellow, pink or orange spots. Each spot is covered with short black hairs.


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