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…

Saturnia pyri
Saturnia pyri
Saturnia pavonia
Saturnia pavonia