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|Small Eggar Eriogaster lanestris|
Distribution and Abundance: Local.
Primary Habitat: Woodland.
Flight Period: Single brooded in March and April.
Localities: Old Pastures, Chelveston, Raunds Wood and Fermyn Woods.
Observations: In 1997 a large larval web was found in a hawthorn hedge in Warmington part of which formed the rear boundary of a garden in which a moth trap operated. Although the trap was run in the flight period of the moth in subsequent years no moths were seen. Where it occurs it can be regular in its attendance at light as evidenced by the following records from a light trap run in a Woodnewton garden. Viz: - 15 March 2009 - 1, 24 March 2010 - 1, 12 March 2011 - 1, 22 March 2011 - 1 and 21 March 2012 - 1. The 2012 moth was a female and is pictured.
L.O.N.: Undated. Yardley Chase, Castle Ashby.
First Record: 1859, Sturgess.