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71.025 ~ 1994 ~ Buff-tip ~ Phalera bucephala
UK Status

Resident. Common

Montgomeryshire Status

A common species, found throughout the county.

Wingspan :  M & F, 55-68mm.

Confusion species

Flight time (Montgomeryshire)


Open woodland, hedgerows, scrub and gardens.


Mostly birch, sallow, oak & hazel, but also recorded on many other species of trees and shrubs.

Lifestage data

Overwinters as pupa underground. Larva July-early October which feed gregariously at first and singly later.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by MDH, 25th June 2009, Llanfyllin

Photo by PB, 25th Aug 2009, Morben Isaf
Pic shows early instar.
Photo by PRW, 1st Aug 2006, Commins Coch
Pic shows later instar.

Photo by MW, 29th July 2013, Cors Dyfi