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Euproctis chrysorrhoea (Linnaeus, 1758)
Erebidae: Lymantriinae
2029 / 72.012
Photo © Steve Garten,  22/04/2019 - The Grange CL, Wildlife Meadow

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Similar Norfolk Species
Euproctis similis
Forewing: M 16-20mm. F 18-19mm.
Flight: One generation July-Aug.
Foodplant:   Various shrubs and trees; Bramble, Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Dog-rose, sallows, Plum, Apple, Pear, cherries and Sea Buckthorn
Red List: LC (Least Concern)
Ex Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
Norfolk Status
Mostly found on or near the coast on coastal scrub and hedgerows.
Caterpillars occur mostly in April to June and are well-known for their urticating hairs.

WARNING: Caterpillars can cause extreme irritation if in contact with human skin.

The larvae feed in a communal web on the leaves of the foodplants and are easily spotted.

Larval webs can be confused with other communal web spinning species such as the Ermines (Bird-cherry Ermine, Orchard Ermine, Spindle Ermine etc)

Widespread in the south east of England. They larvae can cause sufficient damage to be a serious pest in some areas.

Recorded in 63 (85%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1834.
Last Recorded in 2021.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
31/08/20212327TG33 - Bacton
24/08/2021127TG23 - N.Walsham/Roughton
20/08/2021127TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
15/08/2021128TL79 - Methwold/Foulden
13/08/2021128TF91 - Dereham
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