Emperor moth (Saturnia pavonia) – Catterpilar (3rd instar)

Photography of Emperor moth (Saturnia pavonia) – Catterpilar (3rd instar)

The adult emperor moths are only on the wing for a couple of months at the most, and during this time they do not feed. They appear in April and are day-flying, the males flying about rapidly in their search for females. Females rest during daytime and an un-mated female can attract a large number of males if she is found resting. Having mated, the females fly off in the early part of the night to…