Leopard Moth - Zeuzera pyrina
Wingspan 35-60 mm. A very distinctive and easily recognised species. It has six large black spots on the white furry thorax, along with heavy black spotting on whitish wings.
Associated with woodland, gardens and orchards. Though nocturnal in habits, the adults can sometimes be found resting conspicuously in the daytime.
The adults fly during June and July
The larvae feed on the wood of a variety of deciduous trees.
Fairly frequent over the southern half of England and south Wales. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.
Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant)
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