EM­PEROR MOTH

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Moth-trap­ping seems to be catch­ing on in re­cent years, but those not wish­ing to il­lu­mi­nate their gar­den overnight can watch moths by day. Many species are di­ur­nal, and spring’s re­splen­dent ex­am­ple is the Em­peror Moth. Both sexes have a huge eye­spot on all four wings – to make preda­tors think twice be­fore chomp­ing. The males pos­sess densely feath­ered an­ten­nae, which they de­ploy to de­tect pheromone scent ex­uded by fe­males.

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