Vapourer Moth

Orgyia antiqua


Wingspan 28mm. Female wingless. The male has red-brown fore-wings with two dark bars across them and a white spot in the corner, close to the body. The female is much bulkier and grey.


Woodland edge, hedgerows, parks gardens and scrubby areas. The caterpillars feed on the leaves of a wide variety of trees and shrubs.

Status and distribution

Common and widespread throughout Britain. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

July to October.