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  Emperor Moth (Syntherata janetta)





Emperor Moth | Syntherata janetta photo
Emperor Moth attracted to house lights, photographed at Buderim, Sunshine Coast

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Emperor Moth | Syntherata janetta photo
Emperor Moth on fly screen of door

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Emperor Moth | Syntherata janetta photo
Emperor Moth showing feathery antennae

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EMPEROR MOTH FACTS

Identification
This large emperor moth comes in various colour forms - they can be yellow, orange, pinkish-brown, grey or brick-red.

Size
wingspan 140mm

Habitat
found on various species of trees including mangroves and citrus trees

Food
larvae feed on tree leaves

Breeding
The female lays a row of white oval eggs (diameter of about 0.5 mm). The young Caterpillars are yellow and have stiff hairs. The caterpillars turn olive green and have lumpy bits (tubercles) with tufts of short stiff hairs. The caterpillar pupates in an oval cocoon.

Range
found in the Kimberleys in Western Australia, top end of Northern Territory and from Cape York in Queensland to Sydney in New South Wales



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Saturniidae
Genus:Syntherata
Species:janetta
Common Name:Emperor Moth