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Moth  Spring Usher

Spring Usher - Photo  Copyright 2005 Dean Stables
Photo: Dean Stables

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Latin name: Agriopis leucophaearia

Size: Wingspan approximately 35mms

Distribution: Found in most parts of the UK.

Months seen: January to late March

Food: The caterpillars feed on oak leaves

Habitat: Woodlands and parks.

Special features: The male Spring Usher (above) can sometimes be found during the daytime resting on tree trunks. At night they are attracted to lights.

The female Spring Usher by comparison looks like a dark brown maggot with six spidery legs. She is wingless, and of course flightless.

The caterpillars are a dull green colour with a black band along their length, on each segment.

The Spring Usher overwinters in the pupa stage. In mild winters the adult moth may emerge as early as January. More usually they are seen from early February.

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