Notodontidae: Heterocampinae

08758 Lobster Moth Stauropus fagi, (Linnaeus, 1758)

BF1999 (ABH71.009)


General Information

The vernacular name of this species comes from the remarkable crustacean-like appearance of the caterpillar.


Pupates in spun leaves or on the ground.


Overwinters as Overwinters as a pupa.
Male readily comes to light, sometimes in numbers. Female not.

Forewing length: 24-33mm.
Foodplant(s): birches (Betula spp.), Alder (Alnus glutinosa), oaks (Quercus spp.), Beech (Fagus sylvatica)
Flying: One generation, mid May-July
UK Presence: Resident
National status:



Regional Information

There are no records in the system yet in Bulgaria.

Similar Species
Great Prominent Peridea anceps
Varshets, NW Bulgaria. 15th July 2012. Light trap.
Varshets, NW Bulgaria. 15th July 2012. Light trap.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Dark Tussock Dicallomera fascelina

Larva Type:
With lumps, bumps or horn(s)
Brown, red
No. of Proleg Pairs: