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Lappet Moth Andy

Lappet Moth  (Gastropacha Quercifolia)

A very attractive moth with superb camouflage when at rest it resembles dried oak leaves. The caterpillars which hibernate through the winter feed on a variety of shrubs such as hawthorn and blackthorn. The full-grown caterpillars become quite large with fleshy lappets on the sides of its body which gives its name. I have only ever seen the moths which are on the wing from June and July caught in my moth trap.