Calliteara pudibunda

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Calliteara pudibunda
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lymantriidae
Genus: Calliteara
Species: C. pudibunda
Binomial name
Calliteara pudibunda
(Linnaeus, 1758)
  • Phalaena pudibunda Linnaeus, 1758
  • Dasychira pudibunda (Linnaeus, 1758)
  • Elkneria pudibunda (Linnaeus, 1758)
  • .. pudipunda auct. [misspelling]

The Pale Tussock (Calliteara pudibunda) is a moth of the Lymantriidae family. It is found in Europe and Anatolia.

The Dutch common name for the moth (Meriansborstel) is named for famous butterfly and insect painter Anna Maria Sibylla Merian.

The wingspan is 40–60 mm. The moth flies from April to June.

The larvae feed on Oak, Willow, Birch, Prunus and Crataegus species.

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