Cerura erminea - Lot Moths and Butterflies - species in Las Descargues, the Lot, France
drawing of a moth



Las Descargues, 6 June 2010
Cerura erminea Adult


© Robin Howard

Cerura erminea (Esper, 1783)

Lesser Puss Moth

Wingspan: 60-80mm

A univoltine species on the wing from April to July. A scarce species with few records from this part of the Lot. Recorded from mv lights at Las Descargues although it is more frequently taken outside the trap. A species of birch woodland near the farm at Las Descargues.

The larva feeds on birch, poplar and sallows before overwintering as a pupa secreted in the bark of the foodplant.