Small Eggar - Eriogaster lanestris


Wingspan 30 to 40 mm.

Identification difficulty

Hedgerows where Hawthorn or Blackthorn are present.

When to see it

The adults fly in February and March, but are seldom seen.

Life History

Larvae live gregariously in silken webs on the foodplants Hawthorn or Blackthorn.

UK Status

Formerly quite common, this is now a scarce and local species. It is now restricted to a few scattered colonies in England and Ireland, and a few localities in Wales. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as Nationally Scarce B.

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. The Morcott record of 3rd April 2018 is the first in VC55 for many years.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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