Lasiocampidae : Lasiocampinae
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Small Eggar
Eriogaster lanestris

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1633 / 66.005

Morley's Final Catalogue: A most abnormal animal! Erroneously termed 'common' here by Bloomfield, probably because Greene once found it 'very abundant about Brandeston, the hedges being quite full of the large, tough, glutinous webs spun by the larvae'. No other record emerges; and Mr Morley never saw or heard of it in the county from 1891 till 1917, when in June extremely numerous gregarious larval-nests appeared in hedges at Monks Soham, Worlingworth, Bedingfield, Framlingham and Debenham in High Suffolk, which were commonest near Kenton railway station; many imagines bred the following February and that succeeding by him and Dr. Vinter. The apparition has not yet been repeated.

Recent Suffolk Status: Much declined and more local, although perhaps showing signs of recovery with a spate of records in recent years mainly of larvae in VC26 . Larval nests found more often than the adults.

Life history: Single brooded in the spring. Larval nests occasionally found in the spring.

Identification: Unmistakeable, only eggar moth flying at that time of year.

Habitats: Scrub, hedgerows.

Recorded in 11 (19%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1917.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
07/07/2023126TL64 - Haverhill
06/06/2023+26TL85 - Brockley/Alpheton
25/06/2022226TL65 - Great Bradley
04/06/2022226TL75 - Wickhambrook
04/06/2022126TL64 - Haverhill
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Forewing: 15-21mm.
Flight: One generation. Feb-Mar.
Foodplant:   Blackthorn, Hawthorns
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 Immature Adult
Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2023. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2023. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2023
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