Saturniidae : Saturniinae
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Emperor Moth
Saturnia pavonia

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1643 / 68.001
Photo © Nick Lawman,  Skipwith Common, North Yorkshire - male

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Yorkshire Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Frequent on many moors and heaths in vice-counties 62 to 64. It reappeared on Skipwith Common (VC61) in the 1970s and a male assembled to a female there on 5.5.1987 (SMJ). The only other VC63 record is from Allerthorpe Common, where males were found to be frequent on 20.5.1984 (PQW). There are only occasional records from VC65, but it is almost certainly present in fair numbers in suitable localities.

2012 (CHF): Many recent records from upland areas and present in smaller numbers on lowland heaths (Strensall, Allerthore, Skipwith and Hatfield Moor). Most daytime records are of males whilst the females come to light.

Recorded in 96 (48%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1880.
Last Recorded in 2022.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: M 27-32mm, F 35-41mm
Flight: April - May
Foodplant:   Heathers, bramble, hawthorns and other plants
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
08/08/2022162SE89 - Hole of Horcum
26/07/2022+64SD65 - Dunsop Bridge
16/07/2022+65NY90 - Tan Hill
12/07/2022164SD86 - Settle
10/07/2022+63SE03 - Haworth
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