Erebidae : Lymantriinae
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Dark Tussock
Dicallomera fascelina
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Pale Tussock
Calliteara pudibunda

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2028 / 72.015

Morley's Final Catalogue: Frequent throughout the County, though scarce about Ipswich. The beautiful Hop-dog turns up every autumn about Campsea Ash (Lord Ullswater), Monks Soham (Mly), Needham (Platten) and Gorleston (D), usually presented to one in a homely matchbox!

Recent Suffolk status: Common. Regular records of the very colourful and highly distinctive larvae.

Life history: Single-brooded in late spring/early summer. Larval records in the autumn.

Identification: Dark tussock, and extremely rare species in the county, normally flies later in the year and has a darker forewing peppered with black spots.

Habitat: Found in a wide variety of habitats including gardens and woodland.

Recorded in 55 (95%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1930.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
23/07/2023125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
25/06/2023125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
24/06/2023125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
23/06/2023126TL96 - Thurston/Elmswell
22/06/2023125TM49 - Somerleyton/Beccles
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Forewing: M 21-22mm. F 27-31mm.
Flight: One generation May-June.
Foodplant:   Broadleaved trees and shrubs
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
 Immature Adult
Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2023. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2023. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2023
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