ian vause's picture

Macrothylacia rubi Linnaeus

Fox Moth,

I posted an observation of a Fox Moth on 1/12/10, it appeared to be attached in some way to a spike of grass in sand dunes on Holy Island Northumberland. it was giroing around whilst still attached to the grass spike. Can anyone please explain this behaviour?

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anonymous spotter's picture

I'm not really sure -

(putting it mildly!), but looking it up, the fox moth larva is a grass and heathland species. It hibernates when fully grown, typically among moss or litter.
So, if the wee beast emerges as an adult, as it is drying off, it is possible that a piece of grass simply stuck to it.
Another possibility is that some natural adhesive material ("cuckoo spit", for example) has attached the grass to the moth.