Puss Moth

Puss Moth

Name: Puss Moth

Scientific name: Cerura vinula

Category: Minibeasts

Nature Stars: 40

What are nature stars?


A fairly common moth which is found in woodlands, parks and gardens.


Find out more about the puss moth on its feature creature page.

How to identify: A light coloured moth with grey and black marbled markings. It is covered in soft fur and has a wingspan of 65 to 80mm. The caterpillar is green with a red-ringed 'face' and two long whip-like spikes at it's rear. Before pupating the caterpillar changes colour to orange and then purple.

Where: Found in most areas of the UK

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 10
  • Agility: 20
  • Rarity: 20
  • Cute factor: 60
  • Traveller: 20

Fantastic fact: Puss moths have soft fur like cats and the caterpillars can squirt out formic acid to defend themselves.

Photograph credit: Andy Phillips (Flickr)

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