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Ermine Puss Moth  (Dicranura Erminea)

Very similar to our British Puss moth this moth is found across Europe. The eggs are larger, flatter and coloured bright orange and camouflaged to look like a leaf gall. I was amazed to see the larvae hatch from the eggs in such a small space with there crumpled tails. The young larvae started eating the top layer of the leaf.  The full-grown larvae have a distinguishing feature, a white-edged saddle marking with a central “snowdrop” which the British Puss Moth does not have. Food plant is Poplars, Sallows and Willows.

Ermine Puss Moth Caterpillar

Baby caterpillars and eggs