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Saturnia pyri, the giant peacock moth, great peacock moth, giant emperor moth or Viennese emperor, is a Saturniid moth which is native to Europe. The species was first described by Michael Denis and Ignaz Schiffermüller in 1775. It is the largest European moth, with a wingspan reaching 15–20 cm.

Giant peacock moth
Saturnia pyri.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Saturniidae
Genus: Saturnia
Species:
S. pyri
Binomial name
Saturnia pyri
Synonyms
  • Bombyx pyri [Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775

The giant peacock moth has a range that includes the Iberian Peninsula, southern France, northern Hungary, central and southern Serbia, Croatia, southern and eastern Bulgaria, southern Greece southern Turkey,western Syria, north Israel, southern Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Macedonia and Italy and extends into Siberia and north Africa. It is absent from the UK, though a small handful of individuals have been recorded, likely of captive origin.[1]

Additional imagesEdit

 
Giant Peacock Moth on Arum by Vincent van Gogh, 1889

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Hants Moths". Retrieved 15 September 2014.

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