Notodontidae : Cerurinae
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Puss Moth
Cerura vinula

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1995 / 71.003

Davey, P., 2009: A species found throughout Britain, the larva feeding on sallow and willow (Salix spp.) and poplar (Populus spp.). In Dorset, the moth is widespread but at low density across the county. The larva shares the same foodplants as those of the Poplar Hawk but it is observed far less frequently. The following individuals were trapped on late dates, and suggest a very occasional second brood: West Bexington, at MV on 22 July 1996 and 9 August 1997 (R Eden).

Recorded in 34 (85%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1895.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 29-38mm
Flight: May - July
Foodplant:   Poplars and willows
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
18/07/2019+9SY58 Abbotsbury
30/06/201919SY39 Lyme Regis
18/06/201919SY39 Lyme Regis
10/06/201919SY68 Weymouth / Martinstown
08/06/201919SY98 Wareham

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