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1994 Buff-tip Phalera bucephala

(Linnaeus, 1758)

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Buff-tip  Phalera bucephala (Adult)

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Littleborough, Lancashire

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Littleborough, Lancashire

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71.025 BF1994
Buff-tip Phalera bucephala

(Linnaeus, 1758)

Wingspan 42-55 mm.

When at rest, the adults of this species bear a remarkable resemblance to a broken twig of silver birch.

The species is widely distributed throughout Britain, and quite common, especially in the southern half.

The yellow-and-black caterpillars live gregariously and feed on a number of different deciduous trees, sometimes defoliating entire branches.

The adults fly in June and July, frequenting mixed woodland.

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