Lasiocampidae : Lasiocampinae
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Small Eggar
Eriogaster lanestris

(Linnaeus, 1758) 1633 / 66.005

An uncommon resident showing a recent increase in Herefordshire and south Worcestershire. Last recorded in Staffordshire in 1939.

Found in hedgerows and scattered bushes.

Overwinters as a pupa, sometimes passing two or even three winters before emerging.

Verification Grade Comment: Ideally take a photo if away from regular sites.

Recorded in 40 (29%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 15-21mm
Flight: February - March
Foodplant:   Blackthorn, Hawthorns
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
26/05/2019+VC37 - WorcestershireSO94 -
25/05/201925VC40 - ShropshireSO58 -
25/05/201950VC40 - ShropshireSO58 -
24/03/20191VC36 - HerefordshireSO54
21/03/20191VC36 - HerefordshireSO54

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