Vapourer moth

Vapourer moth (O. antiqua)
   In entomology, the Vapourer moth is the Orgyia antiqua. The fore wings of the male are rich brown, clouded with darker tints, and have a small spot near the anal angle; the hinder wingg are brown. In the females the wings are rudimentary. The male is common from July to October and is often seen in the streets of cities. The female remains in the cocoon, on the outside of which she deposits her eggs in autumn. The larvae, which first appear in June and continue for some months, are slaty gray, having four or five wart-like spots on each segment, with yellow and black tufts. Common in gardens, on rose bushes, and many other plants. The scarce vapourer moth, Orgyia gonostigma, has several small white spots on the wings of the male. The larva feeds in autumn on oak, hazel, and bramble. The perfect insect appears in June.