Emperor Moth pavonia cocoons

Emperor Moth pavonia  cocoons
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Availability: Autumn 2017
Price: £9.95

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Description

Emperor Moth Saturnia pavonia

 

Britain’s only Silkmoth. The male and female have similar markings, but the female is larger, and the male is more brightly coloured.

 

Emergence is in March/April.  Pairing is easy – if you have a female, she will often attract males from miles away. The Emperor Moth occurs in many rural areas but is particularly found on heaths, where they breed on Heathers. The larvae feed on a variety of plants, including Bramble, Raspberry, Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Apple, Plum, Blackthorn, Oak, Hornbeam, Birch, Heathers and Heaths, Blueberry, Meadowsweet, Wild Rose, Sea Buckthorn, Purple Loosestrife, Willows especially Osier Salix viminalis, Pussy Willow (Sallow).

 

The caterpillars cluster in the early instars, eventually spreading out and becoming brightly coloured, as beautiful as such exotics as the Moon Moths. The cocoon is spun in the foodplant. An interesting construction with a neck and open end, through which the adult emerges. 

 

This is one of the fun species to rear.  Demand for this species is high. Please order early.