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Female Emperor Moth (Saturnia pavonia) 2

This is an Emperor Moth (Saturnia pavonia) female a friend of mine caught on my relatives peat bog in Northern Ireland in 2010 with a moth trap. Photographed on heather (one of its foodplants) and released. Females fly and night and males fly during the day searching for females. This has less red than the French female I reared and eye spots (the large eye like mark on each wing) is smaller too.

Comment by DebinSC on February 13, 2012 at 5:18pm

Wow, this is a really beautiful moth!  Both great specimens.  So how did you manage to raise one? Did you find the caterpillar?

Comment by sjasis on February 13, 2012 at 7:38pm

Beautiful photo!

Comment by Bebop on February 13, 2012 at 8:44pm

What a lovely creature.  I like this photo the best because the background sets off the moth.

Comment by Wildflowernut on February 14, 2012 at 2:15am

Another terrific shot; this moth is also beautifully marked.  Envious of your shots!

Comment by Paul Molyneux on February 14, 2012 at 8:15am

Love the bg on this one.

Comment by GTO on February 16, 2012 at 3:12pm

beauty, david!

Comment by Marilyn10 on February 22, 2012 at 7:46pm

Wow!  Very beautiful creature.

Comment by Mary O' Donohue on April 15, 2012 at 2:31pm

Love this pic. Beautiful markings on the moth. Well taken.

 

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