i have just found this beautifaul creature ,and have no idea what it is-butterfly or moth?
please can you help me to identify this creature? we are living in the south of israel. i have also found millions of hairy ginger little caterpillars in big webs like spider webs-know what they are? thanks
Your moth is a Great Peacock Moth, Saturnia pyri. Coincidentally, we just posted a photo of a caterpillar from this species photographed in France. Adults do not feed, the caterpillars eat leaves from a variety of shrubs and trees, and the species ranges throughout most of the warmer areas of Europe, the Mediterranean, and into the Middle East.