Eriogaster lanestris

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Small eggar
Eriogaster lanestris MHNT CUT 2011 0 446 female Ozoir-la-Ferrière dos.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lasiocampidae
Genus: Eriogaster
Species: E. lanestris
Binomial name
Eriogaster lanestris
(Linnaeus, 1758)

Eriogaster lanestris, the small eggar, is a moth of the family Lasiocampidae. It is found in most of Europe and much of the Palearctic ranging to the Amur River.

Its wingspan is 30–40 mm. The moth flies from March to April depending on the location.

The larvae feed on Prunus spinosa and Crataegus, but also on birch. The pupae may stay unhatched for years; in one study, the latest hatches occurred after 10 years.

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