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What are the features that allow you to identify it as Fox Moth from the pupal exuvia?
It is the cocoon itself and not the exuvia that I originally became familiar with. Its almost like a sock, long and soft like a fine material. The cocoon is several times the length of the pupa for reasons I do not know. I had seen many empty cocoons and one or two with pupa intact and alive inside before I chanced upon vacant cocoons with good condition exuviae inside.
The exuviae seems fairly distinctive with its orange banding, I dont think the Fox moth cocoon or exuviae are confusable with other species on the moor where I look for insects. Northern/Oak Eggar and Emperor are very different.
A useful description to have.
I have one or 2 good pics of live cocoons containing pupa, I could post one of those but Im sure they are contained in ukleps also?
I have just looked at what ukleps has to offer for the Fox Moth and to my amazement there is no pupation image of either the cocoon as it appears on the ground or the pupa taken from the cocoon. You'd think the cocoon would be an important part of the life cycle to include.
This is a good example of what the live pupa looks like, or rather the cocoon as it appears on the ground amongst the heather. This one just happened to be more exposed than the majority of them are. It was fastened at the right end to a heather stalk or root, right down on the peat. You are probably familiar with this but I've been meaning to post it anyway:
and Reg, who runs ukleps, would be very happy to have images if you have them.
If this pic is any of use to him he can have it, I'm sure some better ones could be gathered in 13 though.
This one :
Lat/Lng: 55.023, -6.058
OS grid ref: NW407773