Small Eggar Moth Eriogaster lanestris 20 larvae SPECIAL PRICE

Small Eggar Moth Eriogaster lanestris 20 larvae SPECIAL PRICE
Small Eggar Moth Eriogaster lanestris 20 larvae SPECIAL PRICE Small Eggar Moth Eriogaster lanestris 20 larvae SPECIAL PRICE Small Eggar Moth Eriogaster lanestris 20 larvae SPECIAL PRICE Small Eggar Moth Eriogaster lanestris 20 larvae SPECIAL PRICE Small Eggar Moth Eriogaster lanestris 20 larvae SPECIAL PRICE Small Eggar Moth Eriogaster lanestris 20 larvae SPECIAL PRICE Small Eggar Moth Eriogaster lanestris 20 larvae SPECIAL PRICE Small Eggar Moth Eriogaster lanestris 20 larvae SPECIAL PRICE Small Eggar Moth Eriogaster lanestris 20 larvae SPECIAL PRICE Small Eggar Moth Eriogaster lanestris 20 larvae SPECIAL PRICE Small Eggar Moth Eriogaster lanestris 20 larvae SPECIAL PRICE Small Eggar Moth Eriogaster lanestris 20 larvae SPECIAL PRICE Small Eggar Moth Eriogaster lanestris 20 larvae SPECIAL PRICE Small Eggar Moth Eriogaster lanestris 20 larvae SPECIAL PRICE
Availability: June 2019
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Description

Small Eggar Moth Eriogaster lanestris 20 larvae

The moths emerge in March/April. Because of modern practice of hedge management, this once common species is nowadays a rare find. Tight clipping of hedges destroys the habitat and undoubtedly the eggs and larvae.

Egg clusters are laid in batches on branches of the foodplant Blackthorn Prunus spinosa or Hawthorn Crataegus monogyna. The larvae cluster, and even large larvae live within, and on the outsite of a prominent white tent of silk, very often at the end of a branch, with no attempt at concealment. It is likely that the larvae in captivity could be reared on Apple and Plum, though we have not tried these.

Don't be tempted to handle the larvae. They have short, decorative hairs, which easily come away and penetrate the skin, like short cactus prickles, and this gives rise to intense irritation. No doubt this is why the larvae can afford to display themselves in the wild so openly. No predator will try to eat them once they learn, and the larvae are patterned in warning colours to advertise the danger.

To pupate, the larvae descend to form a tight cocoon with a smooth shell-like a nut, in concealed leaf litter or moss, where they spend the winter.

This is a very interesting species to rear and observe. You might help to spread the species locally if you can find thorn hedges that are not regularly trimmed.