This species can be quite distinctive although it is also very variable in its colouring. The forewings have three cross-lines; a high cross-line curving around a white spot, a central scalloped cross-line and a lower cross-line which is irregular and jagged. The wings can be predominantly warm reddish-brown but also commonly with areas of grey and brown.

The adults are incapable of feeding. They fly at night and are attracted to light. In mainland Europe, they overwinter as part-grown larvae on the ground among fallen tree needles or moss.

Size and Family

  • Family – Eggar moths (Lasiocampidae)
  • Large Sized
  • Wingspan Range – 60-84mm

Conservation Status

  • UK BAP: Not Listed
  • Immigrant

Caterpillar Food Plants

Pines, spruces and other conifers

Habitat

Coniferous woodland, plantations and parkland

Distribution

  • Countries – England and Scotland
  • Immigrant and rare or overlooked resident. Since the 1990s they have been recorded in several locations in southern England but also in Scotland.
Pine-tree Lappet

Pine-tree Lappet

Pine-tree Lappet

Pine-tree Lappet

Pine-tree Lappet - Ben Sale

Pine-tree Lappet

Pine-tree Lappet (male) - Ilia Ustyantsev

Pine-tree Lappet (male)

Pine-tree Lappet (male) - Ilia Ustyantsev

Pine-tree Lappet (male)

Pine-tree Lappet (caterpillar) - Ilia Ustyantsev

Pine-tree Lappet (caterpillar)

Pine-tree Lappet (caterpillar) - Ryszard Szczygieł

Pine-tree Lappet (caterpillar)

Pine-tree Lappet (cocoon) - Ilia Ustyantsev

Pine-tree Lappet (cocoon)