Buff-tip - Phalera bucephala
When at rest, the adults of this species bear a remarkable resemblance to a broken twig of Silver Birch.
The adults fly in June and July.
The yellow-and-black caterpillars live gregariously and feed on a number of different deciduous trees, sometimes defoliating entire branches.
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.
Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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