Scarce Vapourer Orgyia recens: Distribution map

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Scarce Vapourer Orgyia recens

(Hübner, [1819])


Wingspan 35-40mm (male).

Like its close relative The Vapourer (Orgyia antiqua), the females of this species are wingless.

Nowadays quite rare and confined to a few locations in the east of England, it was formerly quite widespread.

The adults appear in June and July, and the colourful hairy larvae feed over the winter on a range of deciduous trees such as hawthorn (Crataegus) and sallow (Salix).
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