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Lackey moth

Malacosoma neustria neustrium

Description:

Malacosoma species are notable for their caterpillars which are brightly coloured and form silken tents to regulate their temperature. Malacosoma neustria caterpillars are brown with blue, orange and white stripes. The adults are a fairly uniform brown. The larvae feed mainly on trees and shrubs from within their tents. In Britain the flight period is from July to August.

Habitat:

The Lackey moth (Malacosoma neustria) is common across southern Britain and central Europe.


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Tent Caterpillar Moth
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2 Comments

Mijat
Mijat 5 years ago

i didn't realized that! :)

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 5 years ago

I couldn't believe this spotting appears to be the same as your other one:
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/309...
It appears to be a variable species with two distinct phenotypes.
This is also known as the "Lackey Moth."
Here is another photo: http://www.ecosociosystemes.fr/bombyx.ht...
In that link, I am not sure if they elevated the subspecies Malacosoma neustria neustrium to species level or changed the gender form of the species Malacosoma neustria.

Mijat
Spotted by
Mijat

Полошки Регион, Macedonia

Lat: 41.65, Long: 20.74

Spotted on Jul 5, 2013
Submitted on Jul 5, 2013

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