Cossidae: Zeuzerinae

04176 Leopard Moth Zeuzera pyrina, (Linnaeus, 1761)

BF0161 (ABH50.002)


General Information

This moth has heavy spotting on its whitish wings. Male have a comb-like antennae which is diagnostic.


Overwinters two or three times as a larva feeding on stems and branches of trees and shrubs and pupating under the bark.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a larva.
Both sexes readily come to light, sometimes in numbers.

Forewing length: 22-35mm.
Foodplant(s): willows (Salix spp.), Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), plums (Prunus spp.), cherries (Prunus spp.), hawthorns (Crataegus spp.), Apple (Malus domestica), pears (Pyrus spp.), privets (Ligustrum spp.), Ash (Fraxinus excelsior), elms (Ulmus spp.), oaks (Quercus spp.), Beech (Fagus sylvatica), Wayfaring Tree (Viburnum lantana), honeysuckles (Lonicera spp.), Lilac (Syringa vulgaris), Black Currant (Ribes nigrum), broadleaved shrubs
Flying: One generation, late June-early August
UK Presence: Resident
National status:


Open woodland, scrub also gardens, orchards and parks.

Regional Information

There are no records in the system yet in Bulgaria.

Similar Species
Gotse Delchev, 4th May 2014. Light trap. Male.
Gotse Delchev, 4th May 2014. Light trap. Male.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Puss Moth Cerura vinula

Larva Type:
yellow, brown, black
No. of Proleg Pairs: