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moth Yellow-tail Moths

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Scientific name:  Euproctis similis

Size:  Wingspan up to 45mm

Distribution:  Found throughout most of England and Wales.  Rare in Scotland and Northern Ireland

Months seen:  July to August

Habitat:  Hedgerows, woodlands, parks and gardens

Food:  The larvae feed on many deciduous trees including; hawthorn, elm, oak and birch

Special features:  Yellow-tail moths, as the name suggests have a yellow or orange coloured tip to their abdomen.  The rest of the body is all white, but there are a couple of grey spots at the tail edges of the forewings.

The caterpillars are mostly black with rows of orange spots along the back, and a row of white spots on each side.  They are also covered in irritating hairs, so handling is best avoided.

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