Puss Moth Cocoon

Ranger Tony found this beautifully constructed cocoon attached to the stake of a tree protector. According to the helpful identifiers contributing to iSpot, it’s probably the vacated cocoon of the widespread Puss Moth, Cerura vinula. A master of disguise, the moth’s green caterpillar is well camouflaged among the willow it feeds on, and the cocoon, beautifully spun from silk, is covered with bits of wood to keep it hidden through the winter.

More information and photographs at Buglife.

Puss Moth cocoon (S. Bunce)

Puss Moth cocoon (S. Bunce)

Casual Assistant Ranger Sarah


About blackwatervalleycountryside

The Blackwater Valley is located on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire and runs for approximately 30km from the source near Aldershot, northwards to Swallowfield. At its confluence it joins the rivers Whitewater and Loddon. The Loddon eventually flows into the River Thames near Reading. Work in the Blackwater Valley is co-ordinated by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership on behalf of the local authorities that border the Valley. Despite being surrounded by urban development the Valley provides an important green corridor for local residents As well as the Blackwater Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a small part of the Basingstoke Canal SSSI, three nature reserves within the Valley catchment and many other areas have been recognised for their ecological importance. The local planning authorities covering the Valley have designated 31 other areas as ‘Wildlife Sites’.
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