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Pale Eggar
Trichiura crataegi (Linnaeus, 1758)
Lasiocampidae: Poecilocampinae
1632 / 66.002
Photo © Brian Jones,  28th September 2013, Frosterley, Weardale

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Similar Species: None
Forewing: 14-17mm
Flight: August - September
Foodplant:   Birches, Blackthorn, Hawthorns
Red List: Vulnerable (VU)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
Status
Morley's Final Catalogue: Broadly distributed inland: utterly lacking along our entire coast-line. Usually taken at light, though it is one of the few Bombyces that come to sugar.

Recent Suffolk Status: Much declined and only now found in small numbers most years, mainly in VC26.

Life history: Single brooded, flies in early autumn.

Identification: Only similar species at the time of year is Oak processionary but that species has a pale crescent mark in the centre of the forewing.

Habitats: Woodland, wooded heathland, hedgerows.

Recorded in 25 (43%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1893.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

Latest 10 Records
Date#VC10kArea
13/09/2023126TL96Thurston/Elmswell
29/08/2023126TL96Thurston/Elmswell
26/08/2023126TL76Kentford/Dalham
05/05/2022126TL95Bradfield/Hitcham
2022326TL76Kentford/Dalham
03/09/2021126TM04Hadleigh
13/09/2020126TL77Mildenhall
04/09/2020126TL94Lavenham/Boxford
04/09/2020526TM04Hadleigh
03/09/2020126TL76Kentford/Dalham
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