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Lackey Moth Andy

Lackey moth larvae cluster.

Lackey moth larvae hatching from eggs which have been laid around a twig and laid dormant through winter.

The Lackey Moth (Malacosoma neustria)

Lackey moth varies in colour from brown to sandy yellow with cross-lines across both sets of wings. The caterpillars have orange white and blue stripes which live in a large cluster. The eggs are laid around a twig and remain dormant through the winter. Caterpillars feed gregariously on oak, hawthorn and other trees and shrubs. Moths are on the wing from July until August.

Lackey moth caterpillar’s

Lackey moth female and male