A record of wildlife in my garden and various trips to the Warwickshire countryside and occasionally further afield.
"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."
From "Auguries of Innocence"
by William Blake
Tuesday, 5 May 2015
The Emperor Emerges
I am so excited that a male Emperor moth has emerged from one of the cocoons - he really is THE most beautiful moth.
I feel so privileged to have followed the life cycle from egg to caterpillar to pupa to adult. This particularly individual will be released at the nearest colony of Emperor moths. I am still hoping a female will emerge so I can try assembling (when you take the female to various locations,I shall include my garden, to see if she attracts any local males).
Emperor moths belong to the family Saturniidae which comprises around 1,300 species worldwide mainly in the tropics of Central and South America. The Emperor moth (Saturnia pavonia) is the only British species of the family. There is just one generation a year between April and late May and the males fly during the day. Larval foodplants include heathers, alder buckthorn, bramble, hawthorns and sallow although the adults do not feed. Habitats include heathland, moorland bogs, fens, hedgerows and field margins. I've never seen one in the wild but the species is common and widely distributed so they are worth looking out for.
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