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The Small Emperor Moth (Saturnia pavonia) is a moth of the family Saturniidae. This moth occurs throughout the Palearctic region. The male has a wingspan of about 60 mm with brown and white forewings marked with red and orange fascia and a bold black and orange eye-spot. The hindwings are orange with a similar eye-spot. The female is larger (wingspan about 80 mm) but less brightly colored than the male, being generally grey and white but has all wings marked with eye-spots similar to the male.
Found this beautiful emperor this morning on my way to work, at our local bakery shop. Guess he was drawn to the lights there last night.