Name: Emperor Moth
Scientific name: Saturnia pavonia
Nature Stars: 80
About: A widespread but never very common moth of heathland, moorland, woodland rides, sand dunes and grassland scrub. A very large moth, the female has a wingspan of up to 10cm. Males are smaller, wih large feathery antennae. A beautiful, fluffy moth, pale grey with big peacock-like eye spots on all four wings and with pinky red markings at the wing tips. The caterpillars feed on heather, bramble and blackthorn.
How to identify: Unmistakeable: the only large moth with eye spots on all four wings. The smaller Eyed Hawkmoth has two large eyespots on the hind wings only.
Fantastic fact: One of Britain's largest insects.
Photograph credit: Dr Malcolm Storey