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Puss Moth
Cerura vinula (Linnaeus, 1758)
Notodontidae: Cerurinae
1995 / 71.003
Photo © Alan Cornish,  28/05/2020 - Reydon

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Forewing: 29-38mm.
Flight: One generation May-July.
Foodplant:   Poplars and willows.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1

Morley's Final Catalogue: Sufficiently frequent everywhere throughout east Suffolk on poplar and sallow, from Felixstowe and Ipswich where it is occasionally seen at light, through Monks Soham and Beccles to Gorleston. Remarkably, in west Suffolk, it would seem 'not met with in any stage' (Nurse, in lit. 1911).

Recent Status: A common species and widely distributed in recent years, including records from west Suffolk.

Identification: Compare with the similar Feline at coastal locations.

Habitat: Woodland containing Poplar and Willow.

Recorded in 45 (78%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1940.
Last Recorded in 2021.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
30/05/2021125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
28/05/2021125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
24/05/2021125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
18/05/2021125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
13/05/2021125TM14 - Ipswich
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