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Puss Moth
Cerura vinula (Linnaeus, 1758)
Notodontidae: Cerurinae
1995 / 71.003
Photo © Mark Golley,  17/04/2021 - Cley

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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
Status
Widespread but local, only recorded in small numbers each year, although increasing in recent years.

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 65 (88%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2024.
Additional Stats

Latest 10 Records
Date#VC10kArea
21/07/2024127TG20Norwich (Centre)
15/06/2024128TF63Dersingham
02/06/2024128TF61Bawsey / Leziate
02/06/2024128TF41West Walton
29/05/2024127TG11Costessey
27/05/2024128TF63Snettisham
24/05/2024128TF63Hunstanton
21/05/2024127TG20Poringland
19/05/2024127TG20Norwich (Thorpe Hamlet)
19/05/2024127TG23Swafield
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