The Moths of Suffolk
2028 Pale Tussock, Calliteara pudibunda, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and very common

Habitats : Woodland, scrub, heathland, fens, grassland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late April to June

Larval foodplants : Various broad-leaved trees and shrubs including hawthorns, Blackthorn, Crab Apple, fruit trees, oaks, birches, Hazel, limes, elms, Hop and Barberry

Morley's Final Catalogue : Frequent throughout the County, though scarce about Ipswich. The beautiful Hop-dog turns up everv autumn about Campsea Ash (Lord Ullswater), Monks Soham (Mly), Needham (Platten) and Gorleston (D), usually presented to one in a homely matchbox!

Wingspan details : Forewing male 21-22mm, female 27-31mm, Wingspan 50-70mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultDark Tussock, Dicallomera fascelina

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Wolves Wood (10.v.2003) © A Prichard

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Found by day on Birch - Ipswich, Suffolk (ix.2002) © N Sherman
Thetford (26.v.2001) © L Gregory
Melanic form - Belton, Suffolk (v.2005) © Neil Sherman
 
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Mating pair - Las Descargues, France (vi.2005) © Neil Sherman
Male - Ipswich, Suffolk (12.v.2009) © Neil Sherman
Beaten from oak (Quercus) - Newbourne, Suffolk (22.viii.2009) © A Prichard
 
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Female - Ipswich, Suffolk (22.v.2014) © Neil Sherman