1999 Lobster Moth (Stauropus fagi )

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Family Notodontidae

Wingspan 45 -70 mm.

Flight period


When threstened by predators this unusual caterpillar will raise its claw like tail giving it a lobster like look. As a secondary defense the moth can emit formic acid . The moth is commonly seen in decidous woodlands. There are two differnet forms one with Light Forewings and the other with Dark Forewings