Moths of Britain and Europe
Coxcomb Prominent
Ptilodon capucina  LINNAEUS, 1758
Superfamily - NOCTUOIDEA
subfamily - PTILODONINAE
Tribe -

Coxcomb Prominent Ptilodon capucina, Stansted Forest, Sussex  Adrian Hoskins

The Notodontidae are found throughout the temperate and tropical regions of the world. There are 12 known Ptilodon species. The genus is centred on China and Japan but has representatives across temperate Asia, North America and Europe.
Ptilodon capucina is the most widely distributed member of the genus, being found across the whole of Europe and temperate Asia.
This moth inhabits deciduous woodland at elevations between sea level and about 1500m according to location.
The fully grown larva is green with a pale lateral line, and a hump on the 11th segment from which arise a pair of prominent reddish-brown tubercles. If the larva is alarmed it raises its head and tail, arching its body until the head and tail almost meet above the abdomen. The larval foodplants are diverse, including Betula, Salix, Quercus, Alnus, Tilia, Populus, Rosa, Ulmus, Sorbus, Crataegus, Acer, Malus and many other trees and shrubs.
Adult behaviour

The moths are nocturnal and rest during the day on twigs, leaves or leaf litter where they are well camouflaged. They rest with the wings arched almost vertically over their backs, and with the fur-like scales on the thorax and inner margin raised prominently.





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