Lobster Moth

Stauropus fagi

Lobster Moth Stauropus fagi

Now this rather unusual moth looks like it could be a furry pet.

A large distinctive moth which rests with its hindwings protruding beyond the edge of the forewings. Wingspan 55 to 70mm.

Lobster Moth Stauropus fagi

The caterpillars feed on birch, beech, oak and various other trees. The moth gets its name from the caterpillar which looks like a crustacean.

Lobster Moth Stauropus fagi

Adults fly May to July. Attracted to light. Found in mature woodland. Widespread and common in the south of Britain.

Lobster Moth Stauropus fagi


June 2013, rear garden, Staffordshire. Β© Pete Hillman 2013.

 

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