Lasiocampidae » Pinarinae
66.010 (BF1640) The Drinker Euthrix potatoria (Linnaeus, 1758)
Forewing length 21-35mm. Quite an unusual and very distinctive moth. The males are smaller than the females, and the males are an orange-brown, where the females are a yellowish-buff. The female appears in these images.
The adult flies July to August, and is attracted to light. Found in a variety of habitats, including open woodland and gardens. Fairly common and widespread in southern Britain, scarcer further north. The larva feeds on grasses and reeds.
© Pete Hillman June 2011.