06738 Small Eggar Eriogaster lanestris, (Linnaeus, 1758)

BF1633 (ABH66.005)


General Information

Pupates near to the ground and sometimes overwinters as such several times.


The larvae bask on communal webs and feed mainly at night, sometimes stripping the plant bare.

Overwinters as Overwinters as a pupa.
Both sexes come to light but in small numbers only.

Forewing length: 15-21mm.
Foodplant(s): Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), hawthorns (Crataegus spp.), elms (Ulmus spp.), Spindle (Euonymus europaeus), Apple (Malus domestica), Grey Willow (Salix cinerea)
Flying: One generation, February-March
UK Presence: Resident
National status:


Hedgerows in open country.

Regional Information

Recorded in 1 (0.1%) of the 1900 10km squares of Bulgaria.

Last recorded in June 2012

Recorded date range (Adult): 24 June to 24 June

Similar Species
December Moth Poecilocampa populi

Larva Type:
Black, blue, red, brown, white
No. of Proleg Pairs: