Pale Eggar

Trichiura crataegi


Species Codes

B&F 1632 RES 66.002

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Species Account

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.

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 Pale Eggar (Trichiura crataegi) 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:


The graph below shows at which time of the year Pale Eggar (Trichiura crataegi) can be expected to be recorded in Kent. Use the controls below to filter by VC and time span:

Reporting Rate

The graph below shows how the number of records of Pale Eggar (Trichiura crataegi) submitted each year has changed over time. Use the control below to filter by VC:

Photo Gallery

Below is a selection of Pale Eggar (Trichiura crataegi) images from Kent. If you would like to contribute any photographs, please email Click on a photo if you would like to see it larger.

External Links

For more information and images of Pale Eggar (Trichiura crataegi), please take can be seen on the external pages listed below: