Saturday, 13 December 2008

Drinker Moth (Euthrix potatoria)

Larval form of Drinker Moth (Euthrix potatoria - unknwon subspecies) at Rainham Marshes, London - June 2016

OTHER NAMES: The Drinker
Featured Subspecies: ?
Wingspan: 45-65m
UK STATUS NOT EVALUATED IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated 

The adult of the drinker moth is a fairly large round species which is almost entirely unfirmly brown.  As a caterpillar it can grow up to 6cm long and it is this form that gives it it's name - it allegedly drinks dew while in this form.  It also hibernates over its first Winter before eventually flying in July and August.

Related Species:
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lasiocampidae
Genus: Euthrix

SUBSPECIES: E. p. askoldensis, E. p. bergmani, E. p. feminalis, E. p. potatoria 

 - Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - A fairly common resident.
 - Seen at Rainham Marshes,

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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