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Pale Tussock
Calliteara pudibunda (Linnaeus, 1758)
Erebidae: Lymantriinae
2028 / 72.015
Photo © Patrick Clement,  Ex ova from female to MV light.

Similar West Midlands Species

Forewing: M 21-22mm. F 27-31mm.
Flight: May - June
Foodplant:   Broadleaved trees and shrubs
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1

A common species across the region.

Found in woodland, hedgerows and gardens.

Overwinters as a pupa and adults come readily to light. They can be found at rest on walls beneath house lights etc.

Recorded in 112 (80%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1869.
Last Recorded in 2020.
(Data up to end 2020)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2020)
Date#VC10k Area
11/10/2020136SO45 - Weobley & Leominster
09/10/2020137SO88 - Highgate Common/Kinver
05/10/2020136SO35 - Lyonshall & Pembridge
29/09/2020136SO56 - Kimbolton & Tenbury Wells
21/09/2020139SK01 - Cannock Chase/Rugeley
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