Saturnia pavoniella Breeding stock of 5 Cocoons

Saturnia pavoniella Breeding stock of 5 Cocoons
Saturnia pavoniella Breeding stock of 5 Cocoons Saturnia pavoniella Breeding stock of 5 Cocoons Saturnia pavoniella Breeding stock of 5 Cocoons Saturnia pavoniella Breeding stock of 5 Cocoons Saturnia pavoniella Breeding stock of 5 Cocoons Saturnia pavoniella Breeding stock of 5 Cocoons Saturnia pavoniella Breeding stock of 5 Cocoons Saturnia pavoniella Breeding stock of 5 Cocoons Saturnia pavoniella Breeding stock of 5 Cocoons Saturnia pavoniella Breeding stock of 5 Cocoons Saturnia pavoniella Breeding stock of 5 Cocoons
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Saturnia pavoniella Breeding stock of 5 cocoons

 

Slightly larger than our Emperor. A joy to breed: with amazingly varied larvae, quite distinct from Emperor larvae.

 

Although the moth is similar to our Emperor Moth pavonia, pavoniella male has a much paler band on the hindwing inner margin. There are other differences in appearance and the intensity of pattern, particularly in the male.

 

Large larvae are quite distinct from those of pavonia, and very diverse in their colouring (see pictures). Foodplants are the same as for pavonia and include Apple, Plum, Blackthorn, Bramble, Hawthorn, Heather, Willow, Birch, and many others. Pavoniella females pair several times (pavonia only once). The two species hybridise easily but the progeny of hybrids of pavonia with pavoniella are infertile, which indicates that pavoniella is a true species. Pavoniella is found in central Europe, extending south to Greece and for some distance into Turkey and well into Asia Minor.

 

Pairing is very easy in sunshine. Rearing the larvae is most rewarding and interesting. Do give this species a try!