Lackey Malacosoma neustria:
The moth is pale buff to brick red and active June to August in woods, hedges, gardens and orchards. It can sometimes be found in the streets of towns and villages. Caterpillars live in Hawthorns Crataegus spp, Blackthorn Prunus spinosa and other trees. It is less hairy than other Eggar caterpillars, but more brightly coloured as a warning to predators. The species is widespread and common. Below, a mature caterpillar in the Brenne, May.
Fox Moth Macrothylacia rubi
Females are pale grey brown. Adults active May to July. Found in heathland, open woods and hedges. Larvae velvet black with orange bands, feeding on bramble, heather and other low shrubs.
|Fox Moth caterpillar in a garden near Bossay sur Claise.|