The Moths of Suffolk
1634 Lackey, Malacosoma neustria, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Woodland, gardens, scrub, heathland

Flight Period : Single-brooded, June to August

Larval foodplants : Wide variety of deciduous trees and shrubs, found locally on oak

Morley's Final Catalogue : Suffolk, teste W. C. Hewitson Esq. (Stephens, Illust. ii, 1828, 50). So abundant as to be quite a nuisance at light in July: described in 1858 as occurring ' in immense profusion' here.

Wingspan details : Forewing 13-16mm, Wingspan 30-41mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultGround Lackey, Malacosoma castrensis

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Felixstowe (29.vi.2004) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Larva - Lineage Wood (25.v.2003) © A Prichard
Larva - Lineage Wood (25.v.2003) © A Prichard
Tunstall, Suffolk (vii.2006) © Neil Sherman
 
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VC25, Gorleston, Suffolk (1.viii.2010) © Brian Jones
Dunwich Heath, Suffolk (16.vi.2012) © A Prichard
Dunwich Heath, Suffolk (16.vi.2012) © A Prichard
 
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Dunwich, Suffolk (1.vii.2014) © Paul Kitchener