Erebidae: Lymantriinae

10376 Gypsy Moth Lymantria dispar, (Linnaeus, 1758)

BF2034 (ABH72.011)

Madzharovo, Eastern Rhodopi Mtns., 22nd June 2005
Madzharovo, Eastern Rhodopi Mtns., 22nd June 2005
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Madzharovo, Eastern Rhodopi Mtns., 22nd June 2005
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
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Arda valley, Eastern Rhodopi Mtns., 15th June 2013, males at light trap.
Arda valley, Eastern Rhodopi Mtns., 15th June 2013, males at light trap.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Cherven, Western Rhodopi Mtns., 29th June 2012, gynandromorph..
Cherven, Western Rhodopi Mtns., 29th June 2012, gynandromorph..
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Oreshari Gorge, Easgtern Rhodopi Mtns., 5th June 2011
Oreshari Gorge, Easgtern Rhodopi Mtns., 5th June 2011
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Arda valley, Eastern Rhodopi Mtns., 5th June 2011.
Arda valley, Eastern Rhodopi Mtns., 5th June 2011.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Mandraki, Lake Kerkini, N. Greece. 11th May 2014. 3rd instar.
Mandraki, Lake Kerkini, N. Greece. 11th May 2014. 3rd instar.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies


General Information

This species was once widespread but is now only found in the UK as a rare immigrant.

 

Pupates in a crevice, in leaf litter or on the food plant.

Overwinters as Overwinters as an egg.
Male readily comes to light, sometimes in numbers. Female not.
Flies during the day

Forewing length: M 20-24mm. F 31-35mm.
Foodplant(s): Bog-myrtle (Myrica gale), Creeping Willow (Salix repens)
Flying: One generation, July-August
UK Presence: Immigrant
National status: Extinct

Habitat

Acidic bogs and fens.

Regional Information

Recorded in 18 (0.9%) of the 1900 10km squares of Bulgaria.

Last recorded in July 2013

Recorded date range (Adult): 13 June to 21 July

Similar Species
Kartala, Rila Mtns., 20th July 2012. Light trap.
Kartala, Rila Mtns., 20th July 2012. Light trap.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Black Arches Lymantria monacha

Extinct
Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Hairy
Colours:
Grey, brown, black, red, blue
No. of Proleg Pairs:
5