Lasiocampidae : Lasiocampinae
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Photo © Rob Reeve,  23rd June 2020 - 6 days after hatching (eggs laid in moth trap)

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Similar Suffolk Species: None
Fox Moth
Macrothylacia rubi

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1638 / 66.008

Morley's Final Catalogue: Very general on our heathlands, but a good deal scarcer than formerly.

Recent Suffolk Status: Common in the Sandlings, on the coast and in the Breck area.

Life history: Single brooded in the summer. Males can be seen on warm afternoons/evenings flying fast over the habitat searching for females. Females regularly found in light traps where they lay numerous egg batches. Larvae regularly found in autumn and again occasionally in the spring.

Identification: No similar species occur in the county.

Habitats: Heathland, coastal grassland, scrub, rough grassland.

Recorded in 24 (41%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1891.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
18/06/2023125TM47 - Blythburgh/Dunwich
16/04/2023126TL87 - Barnham/West Stow
02/10/2022126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
30/09/2022225TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
28/09/2022125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Forewing: M 22-26mm. F 26-31mm.
Flight: One generation. May-June.
Foodplant:   Heathers, Bilberry, Creeping Willow Brambles
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
 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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