Yellow-tail

Euproctis similis

Yellow-tail Euproctis similis

I guess this moth speaks for itself. A beautiful white coloured moth where the male of the species has greyish spots towards the base of the forewings. The female is larger with unfeathered antennae, but the most distinguishing feature of both sexes is the bright yellowish tail of the abdomen. Wingspan 30 to 35mm.

Yellow-tail Euproctis similis

The caterpillars are very hairy and feeds on a wide range of broadleaved trees and shrubs.

Adults fly July to August and are attracted to light. Seen in woodland, hedgerows and gardens. Common and widespread in southern Britain, local elsewhere.


July 2011, rear garden, Staffordshire. Β© Pete Hillman 2011.

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