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Scarce Vapourer
Orgyia recens (Hubner, [1819])
Erebidae: Lymantriinae
2025 / 72.018

Similar West Midlands Species
Orgyia antiqua
Forewing: M 13-17mm
Flight: June - July
Foodplant:   Hawthorn, oaks, willows
Nat Status: Red Data Book
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3

Extinct in region.

Formerly resident in Wyre Forest. Records to 1940s.

A species of lowland heath, fens, bogs.

Overwinters as a larva. Males fly by day, the wingless females remaining on their cocoon.

Note the brown and white marks near the wing tip and the chocolate brown colouration separate it from the Vapourer.

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 2 (1%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1897.
Last Recorded in 1942.
(Data up to end 2020)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2020)
Date#VC10k Area
03/09/1942+37SP18 - Birmingham-Hall Green
September 19291237SO77 - Wyre Forest
1929+37SO77 - Wyre Forest
19291237SO77 - Wyre Forest
30/06/1924+37SO77 - Wyre Forest
Further info: Orgyia recens
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