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 43 (31%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2021.
(Data up to end 2022)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 15-21mm
Flight: February - March
Foodplant:   Blackthorn, Hawthorns
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Former Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
25/04/202140VC40 - ShropshireSJ51 -
05/06/2020+VC40 - ShropshireSJ31 -
05/06/2020+VC40 - ShropshireSJ31 -
30/05/202040VC40 - ShropshireSO69 -
30/05/202040VC40 - ShropshireSO69 -

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