Orgyia trigotephras  Boisduval, 1828
Taxonomical Classification:  Animalia / Arthropoda / Insecta / Lepidoptera / Noctuidae
Vapourer Moth     Baħrija tal-frott irqiq
Further Information:
Male moth is 15mm and is often found near Buckthorn, Bramble and stone-fruit trees, which are the caterpillar's food plants. Female is wingless and cannot fly. She stays near the empty chrysalis. Harmful to fruit trees. Only males fly and females stay in the cocoon, mate and deposit eggs in the cocoon itself, protected by the irritating hairs. The larva is exceptionally beautiful with four tufts of hair on the back which are very irritating and often require treatment with steroid creams on the affected skin.

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