Small Eggar

Eriogaster lanestris


Species Codes

B&F 1633 RES 66.005

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Species Account

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.

Record Verification

Grade 1 adults are generally distinctive and unlikely to be confused with other species, but records outside documented range or flight period may require photos.

Distribution Map

The map below shows all records of Small Eggar (Eriogaster lanestris) in the Kent database. If you've got a dot to add, please submit your records to us. Use the control below to filter by time span:


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Reporting Rate

There are no records of Small Eggar (Eriogaster lanestris) in the Kent database since 1950, so the reporting rate chart can't be displayed.

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Photo Gallery

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