Lasiocampidae : Lasiocampinae
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Fox Moth
Macrothylacia rubi

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1638 / 66.008
Photo © Margery Curtis, 9 May 2010,  Jugger Howe, VC62

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Yorkshire Status: Thinly distributed or restricted resident.

This species continues to do well in upland areas and on lowland heaths. 2023 was a good year with 72 records from 62 sites 27 were adults and 45 were of larvae. Whilst the national distribution has contracted, the population in Yorkshire appears to be stable.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Although Skinner (1984) mentions a variety of habitats, in Yorkshire it seems to have disappeared from many lowland localities except a few commons. However it is still reported as common on the moors and in moorland valleys in vice-counties 62-64. The only recent record from VC61 is from Skipworth Common on 10.6.1984 (NG, SMJ) and there are none from VC65.

Recorded in 103 (52%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1880.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: M 22-26mm, F 26-31mm
Flight: May - June
Foodplant:   Heathers, Bilberry, Brambles, herbaceous plants
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
05/11/2023163SK28 - Hathersage
12/10/2023363SD93 - Wycoller
07/10/2023+64SE14 - Ilkley / Menston / B in W
30/09/2023+64SE16 - Pateley Bridge
30/09/2023+64SE06 - Grassington / Hebden
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