Leopard Moth - Zeuzera pyrina

Description

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.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Associated with woodland, gardens and orchards. Though nocturnal in habits, the adults can sometimes be found resting conspicuously in the daytime.

When to see it

The adults fly during June and July

Life History

The larvae feed on the wood of a variety of deciduous trees.

UK Status

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.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant)

Reference
50.002 BF161

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

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