Lasiocampidae : Malacosomatinae

Photo © Ryan Irvine,  24th August 2012, Hemsby

  Immature stages

Similar Norfolk Species: None
Malacosoma neustria

(Linnaeus, 1758) 66.003/1634
Norfolk status
Adult lackey moths which fly in July and August are highly variable in colour, ranging from sandy yellow to dark brown with faint wide cross-lines on both sets of wings.

The caterpillars feed in communal webs on low shrubs and sometimes trees, and are commonly found in suburban hedges and planting schemes. Adults may be hard to find but the brightly coloured caterpillars, seen April to June, are very conspicuous with their multi-coloured stripes and red hairs.

Recorded in 43 (62%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2016.

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
12/07/2016128TL98 - Brettenham/Harling
05/06/2016128TL98 - Brettenham/Harling
14/07/2015228TL98 - Brettenham/Harling
30/06/2015127TG40 - Reedham/Berney Arms
11/06/2015127TG40 - Reedham/Berney Arms
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Forewing: 13-16mm.
Season: One generation. July-Aug.
Foodplant:   Broadleaf trees & shrubs inc Rose family
Nat Status: Common
 Immature Adult
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