Moth Week 2014! The Tau Emperor is a Eurasian, forest dwelling saturniid species which is absent from the UK and the Mediterranean areas. With feathery antennae and more rounded wings without a tip, this is the male of the species.
Clearing in mixed woods, alt. 1300 m ASL.
The females of this species are rather nocturnal, while the the diurnal males can be seen through open woodland on sunny mornings as was the case here. While this may not seem optimum to facilitate mating, receptive female are second to none to attract males, and males more than well equipped to detect them through their feathery antennae. This is a species of open woodlands to alt. of up to 1600 m ASL, with a preference for beech (Fagus sylvatica).
Lat: 46.50, Long: 6.93
Spotted on Jun 20, 2014
Submitted on Jul 22, 2014
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