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Pale Tussock Calliteara pudibunda (Linnaeus, 1758)
Status ..... A common and widespread moth in Nottinghamshire, frequently occurring in gardens. The stunningly beautiful larva, is one of our most striking caterpillars and is often found wandering in search of somewhere to pupate during the Autumn months.
Female photographed at Sherwood Forest CP May 2009
Male, reared ex-Hannah Park Wood pupa. Photographed May 2023
Early stages                            
3rd instar larva. Photographed at Clipstone Old Quarter July 2022
Full grown larva. Photographed at Sherwood Forest CP October 2008
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Pale Tussock
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Richard Rogers. Colin Watkin. Graham and Anona Finch. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Sean Tobin. David Hursthouse. Phil Lee. Tim Sexton. Sherwood Forest Rothamsted trap results 1986-1990. Lound Moth Group. Sherwood Forest Invertebrate Directory 2014. Dave Morton. Robert and Jill Carlyle. David Yates. Andy Ashley. Martin Gray. Ian Blackmore-Allen. Steven Chick. Meg Skinner. Phil Cadman. Graham Birkett. Charles Cannon. Caron Stubbs (Ransom Wood Moth Trapping Results 2010-2013). Iain Leach, Kate Harte and Paul Baker (Budby South Forest Moth Trapping Results). Jason Reece and Lily Reece. Andy Adcock. Tom Shields. David Shaw. Steven Chick. Brian Wetton. Agnes Kiemel.

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Updated January 2024
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