Lasiocampidae : Malacosomatinae
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Malacosoma neustria

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1634 / 66.003

Morley's Final Catalogue: So abundant as to be quite a nuisance at light in July: described in 1858 as occurring 'in immense profusion' here.

Recent Suffolk Status: Much declined and more local in recent years.

Life history: Single brooded in the summer. Larval nests with the colourful caterpillars occasionally found in the spring.

Identification: Similar to Ground lackey which occurs near the coast (but occasionally wanders further inland). Pale cross-lines run almost parallel in Lackey but are pinched in on Ground lackey.

Habitats: Woodland, wooded heathland, gardens, parks, hedgerows.

Recorded in 44 (76%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1930.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
01/08/2023226TL84 - Sudbury/Glemsford
27/07/2023125TM47 - Blythburgh/Dunwich
23/07/2023126TL96 - Thurston/Elmswell
21/07/2023225TM47 - Blythburgh/Dunwich
19/07/2023126TL84 - Sudbury/Glemsford
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Forewing: 13-16mm.
Flight: One generation. July-Aug.
Foodplant:   Broadleaf trees & shrubs inc Rose family
Red List: Vulnerable (VU)
GB Status: Common
BAP Status: Declining (Research only)
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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