Erebidae: Lymantriidae

2034 (ABH72.011) Gypsy Moth Lymantria dispar, (Linnaeus, 1758)

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Bulgaria, June 2005
Bulgaria, June 2005
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Bulgaria, June 2005
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards


General Information

This species was once widespread but is now only found in the UK as a rare immigrant.

 

Pupates in a crevice, in leaf litter or on the food plant.

Overwinters as Overwinters as an egg.
Male readily comes to light, sometimes in numbers. Female not.
Flies during the day

Forewing length: M 20-24mm. F 31-35mm.
Foodplant(s): Bog-myrtle (Myrica gale), Creeping Willow (Salix repens)
Flying: One generation, July-August
UK Presence: Immigrant
National status: Extinct

Habitat

Acidic bogs and fens.

Regional Information

Recorded in 6 (2.2%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in August 2018

Recorded date range (Adult): 03 August to 08 August

Similar Species
Freudenstadt, Germany, August 2012
Freudenstadt, Germany, August 2012
 Photo © Peter Bissell
Black Arches Lymantria monacha

Extinct
Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Hairy
Colours:
Grey, brown, black, red, blue
No. of Proleg Pairs:
5