The Lackey - Malacosoma Neustria

    Alt Name
    Lackey Moth

    Wingspan 25-35 mm. The adults of this species are relatively dull in coloration, having a plain light brown wing crossed by a wide band of darker brown, but the caterpillars are much more colourful, with orange, white and blue stripes on a dark brown ground colour.


    Various habitats especially well wooded areas

    When to see it

    July to August

    Life History

    The larvae feed gregariously in a web of silk, on Hawthorn, Blackthorn and other trees and shrubs.

    UK Status

    Occurring quite frequently, mainly in the southern half of Britain. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

    66.003 BF1634

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map