Lepidoptera The Leopard Moth – Zeuzera Pyrina

The Leopard Moth Fig. 120.-The Leopard Moth. The Larva of Pyrina Moth Fig. 121.-The Larva of Pyrina Moth (only partly grown).

The wings of this species are white and semi-transparent, and marked with numerous bluish-black spots in such a way as to remind one of the skin of the leopard. Its body is very long, and the antenna of the male are doubly fringed for about half their length from the base.

The caterpillar feeds on the wood of various trees-elm, apple, pear, ash, alder, poplar, horse chestnut, birch, lilac, and several others. It is yellowish, with black shiny spots, and a black plate on the second segment.

The moth appears in July, and is widely distributed. It is attracted by bright lights, but the best way to obtain it is to search the trunks and branches of trees that are known to harbour the larva early in the morning, and so obtain newly emerged specimens.