Submitted by AJ Cann on Mon, 01/07/2024 - 07:37

Poss Moth larva

The NatureSpot Photo of the Month for June is this action shot of a Puss Moth larva, taken by NatureSpot contributor Graham Calow. More...

While an adult Puss Moth, Cerura vinula, is a striking creature, the distinctive larva, which feeds on Aspen, Poplar and Willow, has a trick up its sleeve. When disturbed, it raises its head and waves the twin tails, which have pinkish extendable flagellae, captured by graham in this photo. Butterflies and moths have been thin on the ground so far this year, but the arrival of summer and hints at better things to come. 

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