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Lackey
Malacosoma neustria (Linnaeus, 1758)
Lasiocampidae: Malacosomatinae
1634 / 66.003
Photo © Matthew Casey,  09/07/2019 - Hethersett

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Similar Species: None
Forewing: 13-16mm.
Flight: One generation. July-Aug.
Foodplant:   Broadleaf trees & shrubs inc Rose family.
Red List: Vulnerable (VU)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
Status
Local.
Adult moths 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 44 (59%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2024.
Additional Stats

Latest 10 Records
Date#VC10kArea
27/06/2024127TG31Acle
31/07/2023127TG31Upton
23/07/2023127TG31Upton
21/07/2023127TG31Horning
13/07/2023328TL99Thompson Water
01/07/2023127TG10Cringleford (UEA)
30/06/2023127TM08Banham (Zoo)
30/06/2023+27TM08Banham (Zoo)
30/07/2022127TG10Hethersett
19/07/2022127TG30Hellington
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