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Kent Moth Group


Small Eggar

Eriogaster lanestris

Family: Lasiocampidae

RES: 66.005 B&F: 1633

Verification Grade (Adult):

Sadly this moth appears to be extinct in Kent (although we have thought that before with other species...). This moth flies early in the year, mostly in April, and the larvae live gregariously (lots of them) in a web, often seen within roadside hedgerows. It is highly distinctive with the only possibility of confusion being December Moth, but the white spots on the forewing should make separation easy.

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Distribution in Kent

The map below shows the distribution of records of Small Eggar (Eriogaster lanestris) within Kent. Use the control below to show data for a certain time period. If you've got a dot to add, please submit your records to us. Click here for more information on how to submit data.

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The graph below shows at which time of the year Small Eggar (Eriogaster lanestris) can be expected to be recorded in Kent. Hover over the graph to see exact figures for each period of the year, and use the controls below to filter by VC and time span:

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