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Lackey
Malacosoma neustria (Linnaeus, 1758)
Lasiocampidae: Malacosomatinae
1634 / 66.003
Photo © Peter Kitchener,  Little Melton. July 2010

Similar Norfolk Species: None
Forewing: 13-16mm.
Flight: One generation. July-Aug.
Foodplant:   Broadleaf trees & shrubs inc Rose family.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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 44 (64%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2019.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
13/07/2019128TM08 - Banham/Lopham
12/07/2019128TM08 - Banham/Lopham
09/07/2019127TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
06/07/2019128TM08 - Banham/Lopham
05/07/20191027TG31 - Horning/Hoveton
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