Notodontidae : Cerurinae
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Puss Moth
Cerura vinula

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1995 / 71.003
Photo © Damian Money,  Skelton in Cleveland, VC62

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Yorkshire Status: Fairly common but local resident.

Porritt described this large and attractive species as "plentiful everywhere" in 1907. I doubt we would agree with that nowadays, but it is still not uncommon in the county and is widely distributed wherever poplars and willows grow. Our liking for light trapping means that we can sometimes miss it as it usually not keen on entering the trap and is often found on vegetation nearby. 95% of adult records are of single moths. Well over 10% of records are of the rather spectacular larva, most commonly on sallow. It seems to be doing well in the county and numbers have increased in recent years.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Recorded very sparsely at light and rarely enters traps, although it may be found at rest near by. Larvae are much more frequently recorded and may be found on sallow, willow or poplar, sometimes commonly in all five vice-counties.

Recorded in 124 (62%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1806.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 29-38mm
Flight: May - July
Foodplant:   Poplars and willows
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
13/08/2023161SE94 - Middleton-on-the-Wolds
27/07/2023163SK39 - Ecclesfield
27/07/2023+63SE00 - Saddleworth Moor
20/07/2023164SD84 - Barnoldswick
19/07/2023161TA02 - Hessle
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