Notodontidae : Phalerinae
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Photo © William Bishop,  Clothall Common, Hertfordshire (21/06/24) - Eggs under Beech leaf

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Phalera bucephala

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1994 / 71.025

General comments:
Widespread and usually common resident.

In 1937, Foster reported the Buff-tip as 'Generally abundant in all districts' and nothing much has changed. Lime trees are the most frequently reported pabulum, but this may be because they grow in streets and other places where the general public can see the distinctive caterpillars. In our woodlands and elsewhere, other trees are fed upon and the foodplant list is undoubtedly incomplete. Adults rarely attend light traps before midnight and are often the last species caught when packing up after an evening's trapping.

Recorded in 37 (90%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1887.
Last Recorded in 2024.
Additional Stats

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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
21/06/2024120TQ09 - Watford / Rickmansworth
20/06/2024121TQ29 - Barnet / Finchley
19/06/2024120TL00 - Hemel Hempstead
19/06/2024120TL00 - Hemel Hempstead
19/06/2024120TL00 - Hemel Hempstead
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Forewing: M 22-26mm. F 26-34mm.
Flight: One generation May-July.
Foodplant:   Broadleaved trees Birches, sallows, oaks, Hazel
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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