The Moths of Suffolk
1636 Grass Eggar, Lasiocampa trifolii, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Notable Na

Local Status : Uncertain (SMP Status 4)

Habitats : Vegetated sand-dunes, sea cliffs, coastal shingle and inland on acid heathland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; August to September

Larval foodplants : Varies dependent on the colony; False Oat-grass, Tree Lupin, Marram, Bramble, Creeping Willow, also recorded on other herbaceous plants

Morley's Final Catalogue : Dr. N. F. Hele states in his Jottings about Aldeburgh 1870, p. 186, that he has there found this central and southern European Egger, which is known to range throughout both southern and north-west England, so his statement may be accepted, though no later confirmation of its presence in our midst has emerged.

Wingspan details : Forewing male 21-24mm, female 25-30mm, Wingspan 46-76mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultOak Eggar, Lasiocampa quercus

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Cornwall (viii.2003) © M Deans

Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Blars, France. (ix.2006) © Neil Sherman
Local subspecies known as Pale Grass Eggar. - Dungeness, Kent (3.viii.2002) © Matthew Deans
Pale grass eggar, female - Dungeness, Kent (3.viii.2013) © Neil Sherman
 
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Pale grass eggar, male - Dungeness, Kent (3.viii.2013) © Neil Sherman
Pale grass eggar, male - Dungeness, Kent (3.viii.2013) © Neil Sherman
Reared from eggs laid by female caught Aug 2013 - Dungeness, Kent (v.2014) © Neil Sherman
 
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Reared from eggs laid by female caught Aug 2013 - Dungeness, Kent (v.2014) © Neil Sherman