Boisduval, 1837

The Saturniidae are a family of Lepidoptera that includes over 2.300 species. *
They are present in all continents but their diffusion is developed above all in tropical and subtropical regions. They are large moths even if some species are small.
Adults are characterized by large lobed wings, heavy bodies covered with hair-like scales, and little or not functional. The hind wings overlap the front wings to produce the effect of an uninterrupted wing surface. **
Some of the largest moths in the world belong to this family, reaching almost 300 mm wingspan in some species.
The Saturnia pyri , a species belonging to this family, is the largest European moth.

* Van Nieukerken; et al. (2011). "Order Lepidoptera Linnaeus, 1758. In: Zhang, Z.-Q. (Ed.) Animal biodiversity: An outline of higher-level classification and survey of taxonomic richness" -
** uskes PM, Tuttle JP, Collins MM (1996). The Wild Silk Moths of North America: A Natural History of the Saturniidae of the United States and Canada. Pages 182-184. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, New York.