view of a Pale Tussock moth at rest

Pale Tussock moth. Photo: Peter Johnson

Peter found this Pale Tussock moth on 21/05/18 in his garden at Combe Keynes.

The way it is resting is typical of this species as they rest with their legs outstretched as shown   in the photograph.

This was an abundant species found in hop fields before the use of pesticides, and was known in those days as Hop Dogs. The rash caused by the hairs of this moth was called Pickers Rash.

A rash can be caused by handling any hairy moths, so caution is advised.

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