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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.

Forewing: 29-38mm.

Foodplant: Poplars and willows.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded18061883188318831883
Year last recorded20142014201420152014
Number of records144858315124
Number of individuals90805317023
Unique positions5332597711
Unique locations5832647311
Adult records108593810822
Immature records12311221

For the county, we have a total of 487 records from 238 sites. First recorded in 1806.


71.003 Puss moth 10
© Nancy Stedman
71.003 Puss Moth 09 larva
© Andrew Rhodes
71.003 Puss Moth 08
© Tony Moverley, 21 May 2017
71.003 Puss Moth 07
© Andy Nunn
71.003 Puss Moth 06
© Damian Money
71.003 Puss Moth 05 larva final instar
© Dave Shenton
71.003 Puss Moth 04 larva
© Dave Shenton
71.003 Puss Moth 03
© Dave Williamson
71.003 Puss Moth 02 larva
© Ian Andrews
71.003 Puss Moth 01
© Damian Money

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded very sparsely at light and rarely enters traps, although it may be found at rest near by. Larvae are much more frequently recorded and may be found on sallow, willow or poplar, sometimes commonly in all five vice-counties.

2012 (CHF): Recorded widely across all five vice-counties in small numbers.

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