Lasiocampidae : Poecilocampinae

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  Immature stages

Similar Norfolk Species
Malacosoma neustria
Ground Lackey
1635 Malacosoma castrensis
(Linnaeus, 1758) 66.004
Norfolk status
Not a confirmed Norfolk species.

A very local species in the British Isles, restricted to coastal saltmarsh areas where larvae mass together as they move accross the saltmarsh leaving a silken trail.

Known from the saltmarshes of Suffolk.

A single Norfolk record of a female was trapped in a Norwich garden in 2013. The circumstances of this unexplainable capture remain a mystery. It is not thought this is from a hidden Norfolk colony, but possibly either bred, hitched a ride from Suffolk, carried on wind or caught in a thermal during the extreme hot weather?
A mystery!

Recorded in 1 (1%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2013.
Last Recorded in 2013.

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Forewing: 13-16mm
Season: July - August.
Foodplant:   Sea Plantain, Common Sea-lavender, Sea Wormwood and Sea Purslane
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce A
 Immature Adult
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