Erebidae: Lymantriidae

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


Bulgaria, June 2005
Bulgaria, June 2005
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Bulgaria, June 2005
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies

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


Acidic bogs and fens.

Regional Information

Recorded in 9 (3.3%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in August 2020

Recorded date range (Adult): 27 June to 16 August

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

Larva Type:
Grey, brown, black, red, blue
No. of Proleg Pairs: