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Lackey moth

Malacosoma neustria neustrium


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.


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

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Tent Caterpillar Moth
Malacosoma neustria neustrium BOLD Systems: Taxonomy Browser

1 Comment

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 5 years ago

Lovely! This one was a bit tricky! This is also known as the "Lackey Moth."

Полошки Регион, Macedonia

Lat: 41.65, Long: 20.74

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

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