68.001 .... B&F 1643
Emperor Moth Saturnia pavonia (Linnaeus, 1758) 
Status .....A moth with perhaps an unexpected distribution in Nottinghamshire. Virtually all the county's few recent records have come from Trent Valley sites such as Netherfield, Attenborough, Besthorpe, Cotham and most recently Spalford Warren and yet it remains only a historically occurring moth of more expected heathland sites which make up the Sherwood Forest NNR. The male is shown in the lower two photographs.
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Captive bred female, photographed April 2018
 
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Early stages                            
Cocoon on Heather Calluna vulgaris. Photographed February 2022.
 
 
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Emperor Moth
 
 
 
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth report 2004). Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth report 2007). Netherfield Wildlife Group. Richard Rogers. Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth report 2010). Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth report 2012). Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth report 2013). Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth report 2015). Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth report 2017). Martin Gray. Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth report 2018). Paul Dulwich. Phil Cadman. Lound Moth Group. Jason and Lily Reece.

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Updated March 2022

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