Notodontidae : Cerurinae
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Puss Moth
Cerura vinula

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1995 / 71.003
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 64 (86%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2022.
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Determination
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
23/06/2022127TM18 - Diss
23/06/2022128TF91 - Dereham
15/06/2022128TF90 - Watton/Shipdham
10/06/2022128TF63 - Snettisham/Dersingham
03/06/2022128TF60 - Downham/Fincham
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Forewing: 29-38mm.
Flight: One generation May-July.
Foodplant:   Poplars and willows
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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