Vapourer moth

Orgyia antiqua

Vapourer moth lavae (Orgyia antiqua) -photo © Ian Kimber
Photo © Ian Kimber

Common in parks and gardens, larvae may be found at any time between May and August on almost any deciduous tree or shrub.

They have a bluish grey body with red spots, a row of 4 tufts of pale yellow bristles along their back and several single brown or black tufts.

Despite being conspicuously hairy and frequent on oak, vapourer moth larvae do not produce silk webbing or a nest.