The Moths of Suffolk
2034 Gypsy Moth, Lymantria dispar, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Immigrant; former resident

Local Status : Rare immigrant (SMP Status 4)

Habitats : In Europe reported from various habitats; woodland, scrub, plantations, fens, parks and gardens

Flight Period : Single-brooded; literature gives July to August

Larval foodplants : Extinct English poplulations fed on Bog-myrtle and Creeping Willow. On mainland Europe is found on a variety of broad-leaved trees

Records : Landguard (N Odin & M Marsh, 2003), Eye (P Kitchener, 8.viii.2004), Hollesley (N Mason, 12.viii.2005)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Has occurred at Stowmarket, but is not found there every year (Stainton's Manual 1857, 130). Aldeburgh (Hele, Notes 1870, 186). One old pair, without data (in coll. Morley). Still needs confirmation, as Bloomfield remarked in 1890, which is now difficult to obtain.

Wingspan details : Forewing male 20-24mm, female 31-35mm, Wingspan 48-65mm


Confusion species
    AdultBlack Arches, Lymantria monacha

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Eye (8.viii.2004) © Paul Kitchener

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Further Photographs

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Caught by N Mason & M Sly - Hollesley, Suffolk (12.viii.2005) © M Deans
Caught by N Odin - Landguard, Suffolk (16.vii.2003) © M Deans
First site record - Bawdsey, Suffolk (10.viii.2009) © Matthew Deans
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Trapped by Bill Last - Harlow, Essex (viii.2014) © Neil Sherman
Found crawling up wall - Strandzha, Bulgaria ( © Neil Sherman