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moth Oak Eggars

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Scientific name:  Lasiocampa quercus

Size:  Wingspan up to 90mm

Distribution:  Found in most parts of England

Months seen:  May to September

Habitat:  Heathland, hedgerows and woodland edges

Food:  The larvae feed on heather, bramble, oak and hawthorn

Special features:  Male Oak Eggars can sometimes be seen flying by day.  They're particularly noticeable because of their large size.  The females tend to fly at night, and are sometimes attracted to light.

Oak eggar moths have chestnut brown wings with a flared yellow line running through them, and a white dot on each forewing.

The caterpillars are covered in brown coloured hairs.  Between each body segement is a black line.  There are also small tufts of white fur along the sides on each segment.

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