Buff-tip - Phalera bucephala

Alternative names
Buff Tip

When at rest, the adults of this species bear a remarkable resemblance to a broken twig of Silver Birch.

Identification difficulty

Mixed woodland.

When to see it

The adults fly in June and July.

Life History

The yellow-and-black caterpillars live gregariously and feed on a number of different deciduous trees, sometimes defoliating entire branches.

UK Status

The species is widely distributed and quite common throughout Britain especially in the southern half. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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