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66.008 ~ 1638 ~ Fox Moth ~ Macrothylacia rubi
UK Status

Resident. Common

Montgomeryshire Status

Common and widespread on the western side of the county, less common from the eastern half.

Wingspan :  M & F, 48-72mm.

Confusion species

Flight time (Montgomeryshire)


Heathland, moorland, downland, coastal grassland, sand-dunes, meadows and open woodland.


Heathers, willows, creeping bilberry, bramble and meadowsweet.

Lifestage data

Overwinters as full grown larva. Larva Jun-Apr, feed until Sept. Pupates in cocoon near ground.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by PRW, 2nd June 2008, Commins Coch

Photo by AT, 3rd June 2011, Derwenlas
Pic shows eggs.
Photo by PB, 2nd Oct 2007, Cors Dyfi

Photo by AT, 11th June 2011, Derwenlas
Pic shows young larva

Photo by PB, 16th Aug 2012, Morben ISAF
Early instar