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The brown-tail moth is actually very familiar to any of who walk in the countryside although more so as a caterpillar than a flying moth. The larvae live in large communal webs on bushes and trees, especially bramble but also on hawthorn and blackthorn. The caterpillars are well known for causing skin iritations if handled.

This is a very common moth in coastal areas of Dorset, one could describe it as abundant, and the adults fly at night in July and August but are rarely seen by day.

The are called brown-tail moths but of course they have no tail! Their abdomen is brown which gives the brown tailed appearance.



The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Sites List Distribution Map Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
Common Name Brown-tail
Scientific Name Euproctis chrysorrhoea
Interest Level
Species Family Kitten, Prominent and Tussock moths
Preferred Environment
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Additional Identification Notes