Emperor Moth

Saturnia pavonia


Species Codes

B&F 1643 RES 68.001

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Species Account

Sparsely recorded across the top half of Kent from Dartford to Sandwich with occasional records outside this pattern. Recording of this species has increased since the development of a pheromone lure and as such, it is expected that the distribution will become more accurately mapped in coming years. Highly distinctive, but when spotted flying by day can easily be mistaken for a fast moving butterfly.

It is not known from how far the lures can draw this moth and so a sensible approach is required when deploying lures. Left for too long, the lures could be pulling moths from a significant distance away and removing them entirely from suitable habitat.

Record Verification

Grade 1 adults are generally distinctive and unlikely to be confused with other species, but records outside documented range or flight period may require photos.

Distribution Map

The map below shows all records of Emperor Moth (Saturnia pavonia) in the Kent database. If you've got a dot to add, please submit your records to us. Use the control below to filter by time span:


The graph below shows at which time of the year Emperor Moth (Saturnia pavonia) can be expected to be recorded in Kent. Use the controls below to filter by VC and time span:

Reporting Rate

The graph below shows how the number of records of Emperor Moth (Saturnia pavonia) submitted each year has changed over time. Use the control below to filter by VC:

Photo Gallery

Below is a selection of Emperor Moth (Saturnia pavonia) images from Kent. If you would like to contribute any photographs, please email mothsinkent@gmail.com. Click on a photo if you would like to see it larger.

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