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Scientific Name: Euproctis similis
Common Name: Yellow-tail Moth
Euproctis similis, more commonly known as the Yellow-tail Moth, has a wingspan 28-35 mm. Fairly common in England and Wales, it is local in Scotland and Ireland. The female is larger than the male, and has a large tuft of yellow hairs at the tip of her abdomen, which is used to cover the newly-laid eggs.
It flies in July and August, occupying a number of habitats. The caterpillars, in common with many of the Lymantriidae, are covered with irritating hairs and should only be handled with extreme care. They feed on a number of deciduous trees and shrubs.
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