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Small Eggar
Eriogaster lanestris (Linnaeus, 1758)
Lasiocampidae: Lasiocampinae
1633 / 66.005
Photo © Garry Barlow

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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

An uncommon resident showing a recent increase in Herefordshire and south Worcestershire. Last recorded in Staffordshire in 1939.

Found in hedgerows and scattered bushes.

Overwinters as a pupa, sometimes passing two or even three winters before emerging.

Verification Grade Comment: Ideally take a photo if away from regular sites.

Recorded in 43 (31%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2021.
(Data up to end 2022)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
25/04/20214040SJ51 - Shrewsbury/Haughmond Hill
05/06/2020+40SJ31 - Nesscliffe
30/05/20204040SO69 - Much Wenlock
28/05/2020140SO38 - Bishops Castle/Lydbury North
27/05/2020140SO58 - Corve Dale/Brown Clee Hill
Further info: Eriogaster lanestris
 
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