2279 The Sycamore Acronicta aceris ABH 73.039
(Linnaeus, 1758)

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Wingspan 35-45 mm.


Description Like other Acronicta species, the ground colour varies from pale grey to dark sooty-grey

Life Cycle The brightly-coloured caterpillar is covered with yellow and orange hairs and has a row of black-edged white blotches along the back. It feeds on horse-chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) as well as sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) and field maple (A. campestre).

Habitat The species is distributed mainly in the south-eastern counties of England

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