Saturnia pyri

Family : Saturniidae


Saturnia pyri, Saturniidae

The Giant peacock moth (Saturnia pyri) with 10 cm of wingspan is the biggest moth of the western Palearctic. Once very common in any rural area, is now significantly decreasing due to the immoderate use of anticryptogamics in industrial orchards. It spends the winter as pupa inside a solid and tenacious chrysalis clung to the trunks of the host plants. The ocelli of the camouflage drawing confuse the predators that can imagine an owl © Giuseppe Mazza


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