The Moths of Suffolk
161 Leopard Moth, Zeuzera pyrina, (Linnaeus, 1790)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Scrub, fen, heathland, woodland, gardens and orchards

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late June to early August

Larval foodplants : Wide range of woody plants, willows (Salix), Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), Plum (Prunus domestica), Cherry (Prunus avium), apple (Malus), hawthorns (Crataegus). Feeding internally in branches and stems.

Morley's Final Catalogue : Taken near Ipswich by Rev. W. Kirby (Stephens, Illust. ii, 1828, p. 8) and near Southwold by W. C. Hewitson, Esq. (l.c. 1829, p. 197). Doubtless generally distributed now, but imago rarely observed and mainly in the south: Two at Sudbury in July 1898 (Ransom); one on roof of Wenham Parva castle in July 1899 (Mly); Bentley in 1935 (Bp) and Copdock (Hkg); very rare at Ipswich lights in 1893-5 (Pyett, Mly) ; several at Needham during 1922 (Platten) ; Tostock (Norgate); one at Halesworth in 1936 (Hocken).

Wingspan details : Forewing 22-35mm, Wingspan 45-78mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultPuss Moth, Cerura vinula

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2002) © N Sherman

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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (7.vii.2010) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (2.vii.2017) © Paul Kitchener