The Moths of Suffolk
1632 Pale Eggar, Trichiura crataegi, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Open woodland, scrub, hedgerows, heathland and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; August to September

Larval foodplants : birches, Blackthorn and hawthorns, sallows, Hazel, Crab Apple, oaks, Bell Heather and Heather

Records : Stowmarket (H Chipperfield, 1965), Needham Market (C W Pierce, 1965), Groton Wood (A Watchman, 1978), Ipswich (A Hubbard, 1985), Barrow (A Parr, 1991, 1993 & 1997), Bradfield Woods (R Eley, 1991 & 1996; S Dumican, 2000), Bramford (S Ling, 1994), Minsmere (C Anderson, 1994 & 1995), Nowton (R Eley, 1995-6), St Olaves (J Crouch, 1997), Knettishall (M Hall, 1999), Eye (P Kitchener, 2000), Sicklesmere (S Dumican, 2003 & 2006)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Broadly distributed inland; utterly lacking along our entire coast-line. Usually taken at light, though it is one of the few Bombyces that come to sugar. Bentley, Copdock (Hkg).; Ipswich at electric light in September 1893 (Mly), there in 1898 and at Needham in 1918 (Platten); a few larvae at Playford (Nat. 1858, 57; Ent. Wk. Int. 1856, 164). Beccles (Crf); several bred from Bungay garden larvae (Mn 1903). Bury (Skepper), two there (Norgate, 1900); Tuddenham.

Wingspan details : Forewing 14-17mm, Wingspan 33-40mm


Confusion species
    AdultPine Processionary, Thaumetopoea pityocampa

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Male - Kercaszomor, Hungary (15.ix.2009) © Neil Sherman

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Further Photographs

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Eye (5.ix.2000) © Paul Kitchener
Las Descargues, France. (ix.2006) © Neil Sherman
Female - Kercaszomor, Hungary (11.ix.2009) © Neil Sherman
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Lynachlaggan, Insh Marshes, Inverness-shire (16.vii.2010) © Matthew Deans
Male - Invertromie Insh marshes RSPB reserve, Inverness-shire (23.vii.2011) © Neil Sherman