Puss Moth - Cerura vinula
Wingspan 45-70 mm. Named after the cat-like appearance of the adult moth, which is white, marked with darker greys.
Gardens, hedgerows and open woodland.
The adult flies from May to July and frequently comes to light.
The striking caterpillar feeds on Aspen as well as Poplar and Willow. When disturbed, it raises its head and waves the twin tails, which have pinkish extendable flagellae.
This species is fairly common throughout most of Britain. 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 & Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant)
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