Buff-tip moth

Phalera bucephala

Cluster of buff-tip moth lavae (Phalera bucephala) on oak Cluster of buff-tip moth lavae (Phalera bucephala) on willow Buff-tip moth lavae (Phalera bucephala)

Widely distributed and common, groups of buff-tip larvae can be found feeding on many deciduous tree species, including oak (above left) and willow (above centre), from July to October.

Although they occur rather later in the summer than oak processionary moth larvae, from a distance they can resemble this species when their abundant fine grey hairs (setae) catch the light. However, on closer inspection they are easily identified by their distinctly patterned yellow and black body with grey and yellow stripes.