Pavonia pavonia, or small emperor moth, is a member of the Saturnidae genus. It is so named becuase the large ringed circles on the wings of most species resemble the ringed planet Saturn. A male of the species can grow to wingspans of approximately 60mm.


  • Title: Small Emperor moth
  • Type: Insect
  • Rights: This image was obtained from the Smithsonian Institution. The image or its contents may be protected by international copyright laws. http://www.si.edu/termsofuse
  • Scientific Name: <i>Pavonia pavonia</i>
  • Photo Credit: James Di Loreto, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
  • Field: Entomology

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