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Emperor Moth expanding and drying its wings after hatching (Saturnia pavonia)

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The spectacular Emperor moth is Britain's only resident member of the Saturniidae family. It is reasonably common over much of Britain, occupying moorland and open country.

The males, which have bright orange hindwings, fly during the daytime in search of the greyer females, which fly at night. Both sexes are on the wing in April and May.

The fully grown caterpillar is green with black hoops containing yellow wart-like spots, and feeds on moorland plants such as heather (Calluna) and bramble (Rubus).

Tags: General Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

Voters: bronxie, vickyal, jayjay52 and 37 more

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vickyal 11 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2009 2:10PM
Great close up.

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18 Feb 2009 2:50PM
Lovely quality macro Sue, well spotted and captured
alansnap 15 577 26 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2009 3:31PM
Lovely treatment, though I think you could chop a bit off the right hand side to concentrate the eye on the moth.
Hoffy 15 262 16 England
18 Feb 2009 3:45PM
Lovely image, Great detail.
18 Feb 2009 3:46PM
Stunning detail. Excellent shot.

shandoor 10 1 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2009 4:05PM
Lovely detail wonderful colours
motorsportpictures 11 289 23 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2009 4:25PM
What a very very very good macro!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
18 Feb 2009 6:08PM
Hi all thanks for the lovely comments.

Hi Alan " though I think you could chop a bit off the right hand side to concentrate the eye on the " yes you may be riht but I like thes ray I think it as some think?


18 Feb 2009 6:45PM
Lovely image
18 Feb 2009 7:41PM
A superb sight and BRILLIANT photo. JNC
Joline Plus
13 30 54 United States
18 Feb 2009 8:47PM
How wonderous is nature's palette. Beautiful capture, and equally beautiful background.
19 Feb 2009 7:46AM
Hi all thanks.


whiteswan01 11 13 England
5 Mar 2009 11:47PM
excellent looks better in print have a 40on me
6 Mar 2009 5:59AM
Hi Dawn




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