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PICTURE: From an ova found in 1987, disused railway, Stafford, June 1988.

             
 

DISTRIBUTION: This species is a widespread, and is fairly common resident throughout the British Isles.

WING SPAN: 62 to 80mm.                                             STATUS: Resident.

FLIGHT PERIOD: Adult moths are on the wing from May to July, Both sexes will come to light in small numbers, and the

LARVAL PERIOD: On the tail end are two long projections, from these extend very long red whip like extensions called flagella. It is thought these flagella are used in alarm to ward off predators. The caterpillars head is brown, marked with black. Pupation takes place in tough cocoons, made of silk and chewed wood, and are attached to the tree trunk.

HABITAT: Damp The habitats for this species include, gardens, parks, hedgerows, heaths, commons, disused railways, roadside verges and many other area's where tree's suitable for the caterpillars grow.

FOOD PLANT/S: Food plants include Willow, Sallow, Poplar, Aspen and probably some other tree's and shrubs.

SIMILAR SPECIES: Although there are no similar adult moths, the larvae when young are similar to those of the Sallow, Poplar and Alder Kittens.

           
               
             
               
             
 

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