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2028 Pale Tussock Calliteara pudibunda

(Linnaeus, 1758)

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2028 Pale Tussock Calliteara pudibunda

(Linnaeus, 1758)

Wingspan 40-60 mm.

Fairly common in England and Wales, local in Ireland, both the adults and larvae are quite hairy.

The moths fly in May and June and are attracted to light.

The larva is similar to that of the Dark Tussock (Dicallomera fascelina), but is generally greenish or yellow, with four conspicuous tufts of yellow hairs. It feeds on a range of deciduous shrubs and trees, and used to be a pest of hop (Humulus lupulus), when it was commonly grown.

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