Donegal Wildlife Database - Insects - Lepidoptera - Moths - Lasiocampidae

Euthrix potatoria - The Drinker

 The Drinker flies from June to August. The larva is large (up to 10cm.) and is often seen on the dried stems of grasses, reeds and rushes.

The young larva hibernates until springtime, when it re-emerges and feeds before making the chrysalis.

The adult male is a rusty red, and the female (below) is dull orange-yellow.

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