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Kent Moth Group


Emperor Moth

Saturnia pavonia

Family: Saturniidae

RES: 68.001 B&F: 1643

Verification Grade (Adult):

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.

Flight Season: mainly April and May

Quick Navigation:

Distribution in Kent

The map below shows the distribution of records of Emperor Moth (Saturnia pavonia) within Kent. Use the control below to show data for a certain time period. If you've got a dot to add, please submit your records to us. Click here for more information on how to submit data.

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The graph below shows at which time of the year Emperor Moth (Saturnia pavonia) can be expected to be recorded in Kent. Hover over the graph to see exact figures for each period of the year, and use the controls below to filter by VC and time span:

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Photo Gallery

Below is a gallery of Emperor Moth (Saturnia pavonia) images from Kent. If you would like to contribute any photographs, please email

Reporting Rate

The graph below shows how the number of records submitted Emperor Moth (Saturnia pavonia) to the Kent database has varied since 1950. Hover over the graph to see exact figures for each year, and use the control below to filter by a certain VC.

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External Links

More information about Emperor Moth (Saturnia pavonia) can be seen on the external pages listed below: