Close-up of the giant peacock moth, Saturnia pyri

Close-up of the giant peacock moth, Saturnia pyri

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Credit: CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Close-up of the giant peacock moth, Saturnia pyra, showing its feather-like antennae, compound eyes, and large, hairy thorax and legs. The antennae of butterflies and moths bear important sense organs, especially for the sense of smell. For nocturnal fliers this sense is vital for finding sexual partners and sources of food. The antennae of this male moth have a large surface area, making them particularly sensitive. The giant peacock moth is found in central and southern Europe, North Africa and temperate regions of Asia. It is the largest of the European butterflies and moths, having a wingspan of up to 16 centimetres.

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Keywords: animal, antenna, bipectinate antenna, giant peacock, giant peacock moth, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, moth, nature, peacock moth, saturnia pyra, wildlife, zoology

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