The Moths of Suffolk
2029 Brown-tail, Euproctis chrysorrhoea, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common in the east of the county. In recent years it has spread into the west of the county and in places appears to be well established

Habitats : Heathland, scrub, hedgerows and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; July to August. A reported cccasional partial second brood in October has not been recorded in the county

Larval foodplants : Various shrubs and trees; Bramble, Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Dog-rose, sallows, Plum, Apple, Pear, cherries and sea-buckthorn

Morley's Final Catalogue : Rarely quite abundant, but of most erratic emergence. Bentley, Needham, Stowmarket. Eight bred from larvae on bramble in July 1877 at Felixstow (Ent. Rec. 1899, 367), where were many larvae in 1901 (Wlr); Ipswich singly at light in 1893 and 1897 (Mly), and in 1899 fourteen at light (Platten) ; bred from Felixstow larvae in 1929 (Wlr); one in Aldeburgh, circa 1900 (D); one at Dunwich in - July 1933 (Trans. ii, 291); Bungay at light (Mn). In mid-July 1929 males alone came in great numbers to light inside Gorleston, where occurred a solitary one on 16 July 1931; a brood at Bawdsey in 1935 (Doughty: Trans. i, 24 & iii, 87).

Wingspan details : Forewing male 16-20mm, female 18-19mm, Wingspan 36-42mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultYellow-tail, Euproctis similis

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Eye, Suffolk (8.vii.2007) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye, Suffolk (8.vii.2007) © Paul Kitchener
Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2007) © Neil Sherman
Larval nest - Great Livermere, Suffolk (23.iv.2009) © Lee Gregory
 
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Great Livermere, Suffolk (23.iv.2009) © Lee Gregory
Thetford Warren, Suffolk (4.vii.2009) © Lee Gregory
VC 25, Gorleston, Suffolk (9.vii.2010) © Brian Jones
 
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Caterpillars on larval nest - Levington creek, Suffolk (9.iv.2011) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (20.vii.2012) © Neil Sherman