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Oak Eggar
Lasiocampa quercus

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1637 / 66.007

Davey, P., 2009: A species occurring widely across Britain, the larva feeding on a wide range of shrubs and plants. In Dorset, the species is most often seen in open unimproved habitats, and it is particularly common in coastal districts. The male is active during the day when it may be seen flying vigorously, if a little haphazardly, in pursuit of the female pheromone. Assembling with a virgin female may lead to the rapid appearance of several male suitors.

Recorded in 37 (93%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1895.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: M 25-34mm, F 33-40mm
Flight: July - August
Foodplant:   Heathers, Bilberry, Bramble other woody plants
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
17/08/201919ST60 Cerne Abbas
15/08/201919SY79 Puddletown
14/08/201919SY79 Puddletown
14/08/201929SY39 Lyme Regis
13/08/2019+9SY68 Weymouth / Martinstown

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