The Lackey - Malacosoma Neustria

Alternative names
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.

Identification difficulty

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)

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

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