Pale Tussock - Calliteara pudibunda


Wingspan 40-60 mm. Both the adults and larvae are quite hairy.

Identification difficulty

Gardens, hedgerows, parks, woodland and scrub.

When to see it

The moths fly in May and June and are attracted to light.

Life History

The larva is similar to that of the Dark Tussock (Dicallomera fascelina), but is generally greenish or yellow, with four conspicuous tufts of yellow hairs. It feeds on a range of deciduous shrubs and trees and used to be a pest of Hop when it was commonly grown.

UK Status

Fairly common in England and Wales, local in Ireland. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Quite 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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