Moths of Britain and
Superfamily - NOCTUOIDEA
Family - NOTODONTIDAE
Ptilodon capucina, Stansted Forest,
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.
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
and many other trees and shrubs.
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.