Fig 1
ADULT: Wingspan - 65 - 75mm. The upperwing surfaces of the forewings a an ashey-grey in colour with numerous subtle crossbands of smoky brown, black and white. The hindwings are a striking red with black crossbands and a white trim. These are flashed when disturbed so as to alarm any would-be predators. CHRYSALIS: N/A. LARVA: Pale brown with warty, bud-like lumps on its back. Feed from May to July on Willow and Poplar. BEHAVIOUR: Attracted to light and sugar. Often found at rest by day on walls and fences. HABITAT: Woods, parks and hedgerows. FLIGHT PERIOD: Single brooded. August to September. STATUS: Common resident in Southern Britain.

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