Lasiocampa quercus - Lot Moths and Butterflies - species in Las Descargues, the Lot, France
drawing of a moth



Las Descargues, 13 September 2011
Lasiocampa quercus Larva


© Robin Howard

Lasiocampa quercus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Oak Eggar/Northern Eggar
Minime bandes jaune

Wingspan: male 45-60mm female 55-75mm

A univoltine species flying from May to September when it is a frequent visitor to light and has been recorded from most sites both upland and from the Causse. A species of woodland margins, heathland, moorland and wetlands.

Larvae feed on a variety of woody perennials, heathers, sallows, hazel, bramble, rose, hawthorn and blackthorn. Overwinters initially as a first instar larva, then as a third instar larva and finally as a pupa.

It is possible that the darker female specimens with the broader, suffused yellow band are continental forms of the Northern Eggar, f. callunae Palmer.