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Gastropacha quercifolia

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1642 / 66.012

Norfolk status
Very scarce in recent years
Hedgerows, scrub, gardens.
Females larger with a wingspan of up to 90mm or more.
Resembles dried oak leaves when at rest.

The larvae feed on a number of shrubs such as Hawthorn (Crataegus) and Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa). Overwinters as a small larva, best looked for in April and May when the large full grown caterpillars can be found by day, often low on a main stem of the foodplant.
Pupates in a tough cocoon near to the ground.

Recorded in 36 (49%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1873.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10kGeneral Area
08/07/2023128TF74Holme NNR
29/06/2023128TF74Holme NNR
19/07/2022128TF74Scolt Head NNR
18/07/2022128TF74Scolt Head NNR
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Forewing: 28-42mm.
Flight: One generation. June-Aug.
Foodplant:   Blackthorn, Hawthorn, other shrubs
Red List: Endangered (EN)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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