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Puss Moth Puss Moth at Maxton, Scottish Borders
Puss Moth

Puss Moth at Maxton

Photographed on Sunday 24th April in Grantsfield, Maxton.

Wingspan 45-70 mm.

This species is fairly common throughout most of Britain.

The adult is said to resemble a cat in appearance, hence the name.

The striking caterpillar feeds on aspen (Populus tremula) as well as poplar (Populus spp.) and willow (Salix spp.).

When disturbed, it raises its head and waves the twin tails, which have pinkish extendable flagellae.

The adult flies from May to July, and frequently comes to light.

Puss Moth at Maxton, Scotland

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Date: 24/04/2016