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Pale Tussock

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The first thing you notice about the pale tussock moth is how furry its head and front legs are! To a degree , this is a common feature of this family of moths but it is really noticible in the pale tussock.

This is a widespread and common moth flying in May and June but is a nocturnal species and is unlikely to be seen outside of a moth trap. It uses a wide variety of trees and shrubs to lay its eggs and feed its larvae on. It was once very common on hops but insecticides have put an end to that now.



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 Pale Tussock
Scientific Name Calliteara pudibunda
Interest Level
Species Family Kitten, Prominent and Tussock moths
Preferred Environment
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Additional Identification Notes