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1995 ~ Puss Moth ~ Cerura vinula
UK Status

Resident. Common

Montgomeryshire Status

A fairly common species, found throughout much of the county.

Wingspan :  M & F, 62-80mm.

Confusion species


Flight time (Montgomeryshire)


Open woodland, hedgerows, scrub, moorland and gardens.


Poplars and willows.

Lifestage data

Overwinters as a pupa which is spun in a very hard cocoon that is attached to the tree trunk or a nearby post. Larva July-September.
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Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by PRW, 14th May 2008, Commins Coch

Photo by MDH, 8th May 2011, Llanfyllin
Photo by PB, 25th Aug 2009, Morben Isaf
Pic shows early instar.

Photo by PRW, 1st Aug 2006, Commins Coch
Pic shows final instar.

Photo by MW, June 2012, Cors Dyfi
Pic shows eggs.