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1995 Cerura vinula (Puss Moth) L

1995 Cerura vinula (Puss Moth) L
Notodontidae, Notodontinae. Final Length: ~70mm.

The UK common name of this speciesis based on the first segment, which creates a flat frame to the head proper. In smaller instars, the corners marked by the black spots in this photograph have small lobes sticking out from them, making the head of the caterpillar look like the face of a cat, hence the name "Puss Moth". In the last instar caterpillar, these lobes are replaced by the black spots on a smoother face.

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