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Scientific name: Poecilocampa populi
Size: Wingspan approx 30 - 45mm
Distribution: Found throughout the U.K.
Months seen: October to December
Habitat: Woodlands, parks and gardens
Food: Larvae feed on a variety of trees including; oak, birch, lime and hawthorn
Special features: The December moth gets it's name from the time of year it's most frequently seen flying in the UK. It's often seen flying around street lights at night. The males and females have similar markings but the
females are larger.
December moths lay their eggs in late autumn or early winter, but they don't hatch until the following spring, around April time. The hairy caterpillars are active until July. They're variable in colour. Some are black with red spots, others are grey with orange/brown
diamonds down the back, and some are grey all over.