Saturnia pyri - Lot Moths and Butterflies - species in Las Descargues, the Lot, France
drawing of a moth



Las Descargues, 30 April 2015
Saturnia pyri Adult


© Robin Howard

Saturnia pyri (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

Great Peacock Moth
Le Grand paon de nuit

Wingspan: 120-140mm

A southern-European univoltine species flying from the middle of March to June when it comes readily to light with a maximum of thirteen in a single trap one night in May 2007 at Las Descargues. A species associated with any habitat with trees, orchards, open woodland and forests.

Larvae feed on Alnus, Populus, Salix, Fraxinus and various species of fruit trees.