Notodontidae : Phalerinae
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Phalera bucephala

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1994 / 71.025

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on various deciduous trees and shrubs. The moth uses its 'wood-chipping' markings, colouration and shape to good effect to camouflage itself from potential prey. In Dorset, the moth is common apart from on Portland where it is rare. The national norm is for a single brood in June and July, but with adults on the wing over a protracted period between early May and late August, an overlapping bivoltine cycle is suspected in... Read More

Recorded in 38 (95%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1895.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: M 22-26mm. F 26-34mm.
Flight: May - July
Foodplant:   Broadleaved trees Birches, sallows, oaks, Hazel
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
08/09/201919SY68 - Weymouth / Martinstown
03/09/201919SY98 Wareham
16/08/201919SY98 Wareham
08/08/201919SY98 Wareham
07/08/201919SY98 Wareham

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