The Moths of Suffolk
2030 Yellow-tail, Euproctis similis, (Fuessly, 1775)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Woodland, scrub, heathland, fens and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; June to mid-August. A small second brood from September to early October

Larval foodplants : Various broad-leaved trees and shrubs - found locally on oaks, hawthorns and hazel

Morley's Final Catalogue : In the utmost profusion throughout the County, from Sudbury to Gorleston ; larvae on every whitethorn-hedge, as well as other plants. A pest at light.

Wingspan details : Forewing male 16-22mm, female 17-23mm, Wingspan 35-45mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultBrown-tail, Euproctis chrysorrhoea
White Satin Moth, Leucoma salicis

Compare confusion species
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Ipswich, Suffolk (vii.2002) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Larva on oak - Thetford, Suffolk (26.iv.2003) © A Prichard
Larva on oak - Thetford, Suffolk (26.iv.2003) © A Prichard
Larva on Hazel - Wolves Wood, Suffolk (21.v.2006) © A Prichard
 
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larva on Oak - Knettishall Heath, Suffolk (9.v.2009) © Lee Gregory
Ipswich, Suffolk (17.vii.2012) © Neil Sherman