68.001 .... B&F 1643
Emperor Moth Saturnia pavonia (Linnaeus, 1758) 
Status .....A moth with perhaps an unexpected distribution in Nottinghamshire, with the vast majority of the county's recent records coming from sites along the Trent Valley such as Netherfield, Attenborough, Gunthorpe, Besthorpe, Cotham, Spalford Warren. It is clearly on the increase in Nottinghamshire, even allowing for the increasing use of artificial pheremone lures by a seemingly growing number of recorders.

And yet until 2023, it remained only a historically occurring moth across the Sherwood Forest area, but recent records in April 2023, of males coming to pheremone lures at Sherwood Forest Centre Parcs (Hill, M.) and a garden at nearby Clipstone (Clarke, K.), it seems that recolonisation of Sherwood Forest's heathland sites is in progress. The male is shown in the lower two photographs.
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Captive bred female, photographed April 2018
 
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Emperor Moth male.
 
 
Early stages                            
Early instar larva on Bramble. Photographed at Gunthorpe GP May 2022.
 
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Early instar larva on Bramble. Photographed at Gunthorpe GP June 2022.
 
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Mid-instar larva. Photographed at Gunthorpe GP June 2022.
 
 
Larva. Photographed at Gunthorpe GP June 2022.
 
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Near full-grown larva. Photographed at Gunthorpe GP July 2022.
 
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Full-grown larva. Photographed at Gunthorpe GP July 2022.
 
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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. Colin Watin. Nottinghamshire Moths and Butterflies Facebook Group. Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth report 2021). Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth report 2022).

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated January 2024
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