66.005 .... B&F 1633
Small Eggar Eriogaster lanestris (Linnaeus, 1758)
Status ..... This is an extremely rare moth in Nottinghamshire and a species which has also declined nationally over recent years. However, it does seem to be holding on to it's status as a breeding species in VC56. All of the county's recent records have come from the Sutton-on-Trent, Besthorpe and Collingham areas north of Newark, after larval webs were recorded for the first time in over 60 years in 2002, 2003, 2004 and again in 2007. It then went 'missing' for over 15 years, before larval webs were found at Sutton-on-Trent once more in 2020 and 2021.
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Captive bred males, photographed March 2018
 
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Early stages                            
Larval web. Photographed at Sutton-on-Trent May 26th 2021
 
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1st-instar larvae and larval web. Photographed at Sutton-on-Trent May 13th 2023
 
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Half grown larva. Photographed at Sutton-on-Trent May 26th 2021
 
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Full grown larva. Photographed at Sutton-on-Trent June 5th 2021
 
 
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Pale Eggar
 
 
 
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth report 2003). Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth report 2004). Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth report 2007). Martin Kennewell. Recorder unknown (record per Martin Kenewell). Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth report 2019). Sheila Wright (Nottinghamshire macro moth report 2020).

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Updated September 2023
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