Emperor moth development cycle - Jessica Joachim
Emperor moth development cycle
Emperor moth (Saturnia pavonia)
Here is the development cycle of the Emperor moth (Saturnia pavonia).
Figure 1 : Female.
Figure 2 : Male, smaller than the female but a little more colorful.
Figure 3 : Pupa, protected by silk.
Figure 4 : Eggs, which are laid in clusters.
Figure 5 : First larval stage. The caterpillar are entirely black and are feeding in group.
Figure 6 : Second larval stage, after the first moulting. The caterpillars gradually start to separate and have an orange border on the flanks.
Figure 7 : Third larval stage, the caterpillars move and feed individually, they have more orange and the pustules grow bigger.
Figure 8 : Fourth larva stage, the caterpillars turn green and the pustules yellow.
Figure 9 : Fifth and last larva stage. The caterpillar can measure 60mm long. A black ring connects pustules.