Lepidoptera The Lappet Moth – Lasiocampa Quercifolia
Our last example of the Bombycida is the Lappet (
The caterpillar is very variable in colour, but is usually grey or reddish brown. A deep purple band lies between the second and third segments, and another between the third and fourth. On the twelfth there is a small hump, and a pale stripe, more or less distinct, runs along each side. It feeds on the blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), buckthorn (Rhamnus catharticus), and the white willow (Salix alba).
The moth is not uncommon, and is on the wing in June.