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Fox Moth
Macrothylacia rubi (Linnaeus, 1758)
Lasiocampidae: Lasiocampinae
1638 / 66.008
Photo © Dave Wilton,  Male, Westcott 2018

Similar Upper Thames Species: None
Foodplant:   Heathers, Bilberry, Brambles, herbaceous plants
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1

Local and apparently absent from large areas of the region, Found on chalk downland (Chilterns and Berkshire Downs), heathland (mainly in Berkshire) and to a lesser extent in damp, low-lying areas.

Recorded in 25 (32%) of 78 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1750.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
18/10/2022122SU86 - Wokingham / Bracknell
20/09/2022124SP61 - Bernwood, Rushbeds, Bullingdon
20/09/2022722SU38 - Uffington / Wantage (W)
20/09/2022722SU38 - Uffington / Wantage (W)
25/08/2022123SU79 - Aston Rowant NNR, Turville
Further info: Macrothylacia rubi
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