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Lappet
Gastropacha quercifolia (Linnaeus, 1758)
Lasiocampidae: Pinarinae
1642 / 66.012
Photo © Jim Swalwell,  Titchwell RSPB, 9/7/11

Similar Norfolk Species: None
Forewing: 28-42mm.
Flight: One generation. June-Aug.
Foodplant:   Blackthorn, Hawthorns. etc.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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 (52%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1873.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
23/07/2020228TF74 - Holme/Titchwell
22/07/2020128TF74 - Holme/Titchwell
17/07/2020128TF74 - Holme/Titchwell
16/07/2020128TF74 - Holme/Titchwell
30/06/2020128TF74 - Holme/Titchwell
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