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Kent Moth Group


Pale Eggar

Trichiura crataegi

Family: Lasiocampidae

RES: 66.002 B&F: 1632

Verification Grade (Adult):

Despite the guide books suggesting this is a common moth, it is very local in Kent, having undergone a significant range contraction. Since the year 2000 this moth has been found almost exclusively in the Orlestone/Hamstreet woods complex.

Pale Eggar cannot really be confused with other Eggar species as it is the only pale and dark grey one amongst them. However, it could be mistaken for Oak Processionary or Pine Processionary - on Pale Eggar there is a darker grey central band flanked by paler bands across the forewing.

Flight Season: Flies between August and September

© John Dale

Quick Navigation:

Distribution in Kent

The map below shows the distribution of records of Pale Eggar (Trichiura crataegi) 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 Pale Eggar (Trichiura crataegi) 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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Photo Gallery

Below is a gallery of Pale Eggar (Trichiura crataegi) images from Kent. If you would like to contribute any photographs, please email

Reporting Rate

The graph below shows how the number of records submitted Pale Eggar (Trichiura crataegi) to the Kent database has varied since 1950. Hover over the graph to see exact figures for each year, and use the control below to filter by a certain VC.

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External Links

More information about Pale Eggar (Trichiura crataegi) can be seen on the external pages listed below: