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Saturnia pavonia (Linnaeus, 1758)

A fairly common species throughout Belgium in suitable habitat.

The larva lives mainly on Calluna, but has also been observed on Rubus and other moorland plants. The caterpillars remain together until they are about half-grown. Hibernates as pupa in a sturdy cocoon.

The adults fly from early April towards end of May, occasionally till mid June. The males are active during sunny days and fly rapidly. The females come to light in small numbers, usually early in the night.

Belgium, Namur, Sevry, 13 April 2007.
female (Photo © Chris Steeman)

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