Coxcomb Prominent - Ptilodon capucina


Wingspan 35-40 mm. Although quite variable in shades of brown, typically this species is a rich chestnut colour with a tuft of creamy hairs on the thorax. When at rest it is well camouflaged and, if handled, feigns death.

Identification difficulty

Woodland, scrub, parks and gardens.

When to see it

Flies in May and June and again in August.

Life History

The green caterpillar feeds on a wide range of deciduous trees and has the habit of raising the head over the back when alarmed.

UK Status

Fairly common throughout Britain. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

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

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map