Erebidae : Lymantriinae
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Photo © George Fowler,  Broxbourne, Hertfordshire (08/10/13) - Male and Female with eggs

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Scarce Vapourer
Orgyia recens
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Vapourer
Orgyia antiqua

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2026 / 72.017

General comments:
Widespread and common resident.

Some records relate to egg masses on oak trunks; these persist long after the larvae have emerged. The females are flightless and are mated almost immediately upon emerging from the pupa. However, if virgin females are reared from larvae these can be used to great effect to 'assemble' the day-flying males, which will usually attend within a few minutes.

Recorded in 34 (83%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1887.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
12/10/2023121TQ07 - Staines-Upon-Thames
09/10/2023120TL11 - Harpenden / Wheathampstead
30/09/2023120TQ09 - Watford / Rickmansworth
30/09/2023121TQ18 - Harrow / Wembley / Ealing
24/09/2023120TL22 - Stevenage
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Forewing: M 12-17mm.
Flight: One generation July-Oct.
Foodplant:   Broadleaved trees and shrubs
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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