The Small Emperor moth (Saturnia Pavonia) is a spectacular moth that displays beautiful colors on its wings. Small Emperor moths are daytime flying moths that are easily mistaken for butterflies. I’m sure we can all see the beauty in these stunning beauties. They have a wingspan of 1.22 to 3.1 inches and love open scrub habitat on land, sand dunes, woodland, and hedgerows.
Adult male Small Emperor moths don’t even feed for months because their primary purpose is to find a mate and reproduce. The way they find their mate is by smell. The female Small Emperor moth releases a unique chemical signature, a pheromone, irresistible to the male Small Emperor moth.