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Leopard Moth

Scientific name:  Zeuzera pyrina

Size:  Wingspan up to 65mm

Distribution:  Found in most parts of England (south of Yorkshire), and Wales (especially eastern areas)

Months seen:  June to August

Habitat:  Hedgerows, woodlands, orchards and gardens

Food:  The larvae feed on many tree species including; oak, ash, lilac, elm, cherry, hawthorn, apple and beech

Special features:  Leopard Moths are white moths covered in black spots.  The thorax is very furry and features six prominent black spots.

The white wings have black spots all around the edges, and pale grey spots in the centre.

The antennae are black and the legs are black with some white bands.

Leopard moths are readily attracted to light.

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