71.003 .... B&F 1995
Puss Moth Cerura vinula (Linnaeus, 1758)
Status .....The lack of records concerning adult moths attracted to light is unusual and there are some experienced records who have yet to see the adult moth. Personally, we have very few records to light, but the larvae of this moth have been found to be common at most of Nottinghamshire's former colliery sites. It remains rarely reported to the county recorder, yet the impressive larva is quite easy to find, although looking for the larvae of moths seems to be a declining pastime.
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Adult, reared ex-Clipstone Old Quarter larva. Photographed May 2023.
 
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Photographed at Market Warsop June 2015
 
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Early stages                            
Ovae and hatching larvae. Photographed at Market Warsop May 2006
 
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Half grown larva. Photographed at Market Warsop June 2006
 
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full grown (right) larvae. Photographed
 
 
Pupal cocoon and pupa . Photographed at Market Warsop August 2015
 
 
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Puss Moth
 
 
 
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Lound Moth Group. Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth reports 2003-2012). Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Richard Rogers. Netherfield Wildlife Group. Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth report 2013). Tim Sexton. Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth report 2014). Dave Morton. Sean Tobin. Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth report 2015). Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth report 2016). NBGRC. Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth report 2017). Martin Gray. Tom Shields. Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth report 2019). Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth report 2020). Andy Adcock. Nick and Samantha Brownley. Graham Birkett. Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth report 2021). Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth report 2022).

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated September 2023
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