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72.017 ~ 2026 ~ Vapourer ~ Orgyia antiqua
UK Status

Resident. Common

Montgomeryshire Status

A sparsely recorded species, probably because the female is flightless and the male isn't strongly attracted to light.

Wingspan :  M, 35-38mm. F, wingless.

Confusion species

Scarce Vapourer.
Flight time (Montgomeryshire)


Many different habitats.


Most broadleaf trees and shrubs.

Lifestage data

Overwinters as an egg in a batch of several hundred laid on the empty cocoon of the female which is attached to some part of the foodplant. Larva May-early Sept. 
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by MDH, 26th Aug 2009, Llanfyllin

Photo by JT, 27th July 2010, Llanrhaeadr
A colony...
Photo by MDH, 16th July 2009, Llanfyllin
Photo by PR, 2019, Montgomeryshire
Pic shows eggs