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Euthrix potatoria (Linnaeus, 1758)
Lasiocampidae: Pinarinae
1640 / 66.010
Photo © Ken Palmer,  (digitised by G. Follows) larvae emerging

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Similar Norfolk Species: None
Forewing: M 21-25mm. F 28-35mm.
Flight: One generation. July-Aug.
Foodplant:   Coarse grasses and reeds.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
Norfolk Status
Female larger than male and generally more yellowish in appearance, with a very much larger abdomen.
The colouring and markings can vary.

The very dark, large hairy caterpillars of this moth can be seen from August to September and April to June, hibernating from October to April when they resume feeding. Their long-recognised habit of drinking drops of dew from plants gives us the common English name.

Recorded in 65 (94%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
05/08/2020527TG30 - Brundall/Cantley
04/08/2020527TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
03/08/2020228TF74 - Holme/Titchwell
03/08/2020127TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
03/08/2020227TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
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