Coxcomb Prominent - Ptilodon capucina

    Description

    Wingspan 35-40 mm. Although quite variable in shades of brown, typically this species is a rich chestnut colour with a tuft of creamy hairs on the thorax. When at rest it is well camouflaged and, if handled, feigns death.

    Habitat

    Woodland, scrub, parks and gardens.

    When to see it

    Flies in May and June and again in August.

    Life History

    The green caterpillar feeds on a wide range of deciduous trees and has the habit of raising the head over the back when alarmed.

    UK Status

    Fairly common throughout Britain. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

    Reference
    71.021 BF2008

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map