Lasiocampidae : Lasiocampinae
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Small Eggar
Eriogaster lanestris

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1633 / 66.005

Davey, P., 2009: A local species in England, the larva feeding on blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), hawthorn (Crataegus spp.) and dog-rose (Rosa canina).

In Dorset, the moth has a similar distribution to the Pale Eggar, but is primarily associated with blackthorn. When young, the gregarious larvae are relatively easy to find due to the large and highly visible webs they create on host bushes. Several hundred caterpillars may inhabit a single web and significant defoliation may result in the... Read More

Recorded in 27 (68%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1934.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 15-21mm
Flight: February - March
Foodplant:   Blackthorn, Hawthorns
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
03/06/201919SY78 - Broadmayne
03/06/201919SY68 - Weymouth / Martinstown
01/06/201919SY68 - Weymouth / Martinstown
25/05/2019+9ST82 Shaftesbury / Gillingham
22/05/2019219SY58 - Abbotsbury

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