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1999 ~ Lobster Moth ~ Stauropus fagi
UK Status

Resident. Common S,WC.

Montgomeryshire Status

A fairly common species, found throughout the county.

Wingspan :  M & F, 55-70mm.

Confusion species

Great Prominent, Pale Tussock and Dark Tussock.


Flight time (Montgomeryshire)

Habitat

Established woodland, but is absent from many woodlands even where the foodplant is abundant.

Foodplant

Mainly birch, hazel, beech and oak, also found on alder, hawthorn, blackthorn.

Lifestage data

Overwinters as a pupa which is spun amongst the leaves of the foodplant. Larva mid May-July.
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Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by MDH, 12th June 2009, Llanfyllin

Photo by HV, 8th Sept 2010, Meifod

Photo by HV, 8th Sept 2010, Meifod

Photo by HV, 8th Sept 2010, Meifod