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66.003 ~ 1634 ~ Lackey ~ Malacosoma neustria
UK Status

Resident. Common S,S(N)

Montgomeryshire Status

A rarely recorded species found only in the extreme west of the county.

Wingspan :  M & F, 30-41mm.

Confusion species

Ground Lackey.
Flight time (Montgomeryshire)


Open, sunny sites.


Broadleaved trees.

Lifestage data

Overwinters as eggs attached in bands around a twig, then living gregariously in webs. Larva April-June. Pupates in a cocoon among low stems or plant debris.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by PB, 12th July 2010, Morben ISAF

Photo by AT, 29th June 2011, Derwenlas

Photo by MW, 25th May 2014, Cors Dyfi
Larval nest

Photo by MW, 25th May 2014, Cors Dyfi