Scarce Vapourer Orgyia recens larvae

Scarce Vapourer Orgyia recens larvae
Scarce Vapourer Orgyia recens larvae Scarce Vapourer Orgyia recens larvae Scarce Vapourer Orgyia recens larvae Scarce Vapourer Orgyia recens larvae Scarce Vapourer Orgyia recens larvae Scarce Vapourer Orgyia recens larvae Scarce Vapourer Orgyia recens larvae Scarce Vapourer Orgyia recens larvae
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Description

Scarce Vapourer Orgyia recens 

Now a rare species, occurring mainly in very few northern localities of Britain. The caterpillar is extremely ornate, with decorative and colourful tufts of hair. Moths are produced in June and July. Subsequent larvae hibernate and are best kept for hibernation in sleeves, allowing the fallen leaves to remain in the sleeve, to give protection to the larvae.

Larval foodplants : Hawthorns, Oaks and Sallows, also Birches, Blackthorn, Rose, Bramble, Hazel, Heather, Alder Buckthorn, Meadowsweet, Common Sorrel and Rosebay Willowherb. The female is wingless. She clings to the empty cocoon and lays her eggs on it. The male is much darker than the male Vapourer Moth antiqua,  and of course much rarer.