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Oak Eager Moth Andy

Oak Eggar Moth (Lasiocampa Quercus)

Shown above is a male Oak Eggar Moth which has a feathery antenna, the female is larger and a lighter brown in colour. Males fly in late afternoon sunshine searching for females, attracted by there scent glands. The females fly at night.

This species hibernates as a caterpillar, feeding on a variety of trees and shrubs including, Heather, Blackthorn,  Sallows, Hawthorn and Ivy. Caterpillars grow quite large and will curl up when disturbed showing their black banded rings separating their segments. The cocoon is rounded, shaped like an acorn from which the moth gets its name.