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Brown-tail
Euproctis chrysorrhoea (Linnaeus, 1758)
Erebidae: Lymantriinae
2029 / 72.012
Photo © Murray Smith,  06/07/2022 - Lingwood

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Yellow-tail
Euproctis similis
Forewing: M 16-20mm. F 18-19mm.
Flight: One generation July-Aug.
Foodplant:   Various shrubs and trees; Bramble, Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Dog-rose, sallows, Plum, Apple, Pear, cherries and Sea Buckthorn
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
Status
Mostly found on or near the coast on coastal scrub and hedgerows.
Caterpillars occur mostly in April to June and are well-known for their urticating hairs.

WARNING: Caterpillars can cause extreme irritation if in contact with human skin.

The larvae feed in a communal web on the leaves of the foodplants and are easily spotted.

Larval webs can be confused with other communal web spinning species such as the Ermines (Bird-cherry Ermine, Orchard Ermine, Spindle Ermine etc)

Widespread in the south east of England. They larvae can cause sufficient damage to be a serious pest in some areas.

Recorded in 64 (86%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2024.
Additional Stats

Latest 10 Records
Date#VC10kArea
16/07/2024527TG11Horsford
16/07/2024227TG31Upton
16/07/2024227TG10Cringleford (UEA)
15/07/2024227TG11Horsford
15/07/2024228TL99Rockland St Peter
15/07/2024228TM09Great Ellingham
14/07/2024127TG42Eccles
14/07/2024127TG20Norwich (Earlham)
14/07/2024227TG11Horsford
14/07/2024127TG30Blofield / Lingwood
Further info: Euproctis chrysorrhoea
 
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