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Yellow-tail
Euproctis similis
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Brown-tail
Euproctis chrysorrhoea

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2029 / 72.012
Norfolk status
Mostly found on or near the coast on coastal scrub and hedgerows.
Caterpillars occur mostly in April to June and are well-known for their urticating hairs.

WARNING: Caterpillars can cause extreme irritation if in contact with human skin.

The larvae feed in a communal web on the leaves of the foodplants and are easily spotted.

Larval webs can be confused with other communal web spinning species such as the Ermines (Bird-cherry Ermine, Orchard Ermine, Spindle Ermine etc)

Widespread in the south east of England. They larvae can cause sufficient damage to be a serious pest in some areas.

Recorded in 60 (87%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2019.
Additional Stats

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Determination
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
25/08/2019+28TF74 - Holme/Titchwell
05/08/2019+27TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
03/08/2019228TF74 - Holme/Titchwell
03/08/2019128TF84 - Burnham/Holkham
03/08/2019+28TL78 - Hockwold/Weeting
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Forewing: M 16-20mm. F 18-19mm.
Season: One generation July-Aug.
Foodplant:   Various shrubs and trees; Bramble, Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Dog-rose, sallows, Plum, Apple, Pear, cherries and Sea Buckthorn
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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