Notodontidae : Cerurinae
ABH BF

Photo © Jon Clifton,  Hickling NNR, June 2010

  Immature stages

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Puss Moth
Cerura vinula

(Linnaeus, 1758) 71.003/1995
Norfolk status
Widespread but local, only recorded in small numbers each year.

The caterpillars, which are seen from July to September, are up to 65mm long, bright green with purple and white markings. When threatened they can rear up, revealing a red and black 'face' before shooting out formic acid!

Recorded in 58 (84%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2015.

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Determination
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
20/07/2015127TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
11/07/2015127TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
06/07/2015127TG23 - N.Walsham/Roughton
01/07/2015127TG04 - Blakeney/Cley
24/06/2015127TG20 - Norwich
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Forewing: 29-38mm.
Season: One generation May-July.
Foodplant:   Poplars and willows
Nat Status: Common
 Immature Adult
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