Yellow-tail

Yellow-tail

Taxobox
name = Yellow-tail


regnum = Animalia
phylum = Arthropoda
classis = Insecta
ordo = Lepidoptera
familia = Lymantriidae
genus = "Euproctis"
species = "E. similis"
binomial = "Euproctis similis"
binomial_authority = Fuessly, 1775
The Yellow-tail ("Euproctis similis") is a moth of the family Lymantriidae. It is distributed throughout Europe.

This species has a wingspan of 35-45 mm, the female usually noticeably larger than the male. All parts of the adults are pure white, apart from a bright yellow tip to the abdomen (larger in the female) and a small black or brown tornal mark on the forewing of the male. It flies at night in July and August ref|flight_season and is attracted to light, especially the males.

The larva is black with red and yellow stripes and is very hairy. It usually feeds on trees and shrubs such as alder, apple, birch, blackthorn, cherry, chestnut, hawthorn, oak, rowan and sallow. It has also been recorded on monkshood, which is a herbaceous plant. This species overwinters as a larva.

Notes

#Note|flight_season"The flight season refers to the British Isles. This may vary in other parts of the range."

References

*Chinery, Michael "Collins Guide to the Insects of Britain and Western Europe" 1986 (Reprinted 1991)
*Skinner, Bernard "Colour Identification Guide to Moths of the British Isles" 1984

External links

* [http://www.funet.fi/pub/sci/bio/life/insecta/lepidoptera/ditrysia/noctuoidea/lymantriidae/euproctis/index.html#similis Yellow-tail at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera pages]



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