Many thanks to Jeff Davies who
kindly supplied these photos of a female Emperor
taken in May 2015 in the Rhondda Valley, South Wales.
While the female Emperor
Moth (above) is beautiful, the male (not yet shown) is even
more so, with similar eye spots but darker, more
strongly-marked and with orange hind wings.
A large moth, the male flies by day seeking out the dormant
female, which flies at night.
Outside the UK, the moth is sometimes called the Small
Emperor Moth to differentiate from others in the
Wingspan: 40-60 mm;
UK flight time: Apr-May.