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Caterpillar

Observed: 20th July 2011 By: mjdh
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Description:
Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Oak Eggar (Lasiocampa quercus) interacts

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mjdh's picture

Do Oak Eggar caterpillars eat

Do Oak Eggar caterpillars eat oak leaves? There were no trees within half a mile.

Mark. North Wales.

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Hi Mark, the Oak Eggar,

Hi Mark,

the Oak Eggar, despite its name, does not feed on Oak, but is so-called because the shape of its cocoon is acorn-like. The foodplants are mainly heather (Calluna) and bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus), but also include bramble (Rubus), Sallows (Salix), broom (Cytisus scoparius), sloe (Prunus spinosa), hawthorn (Crataegus), hazel (Corylus) and Sea-buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides).

Hope this helps

Regards

-Richard-

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Thats good, plenty of heather

Thats good, plenty of heather and bilberry around.

Mark. North Wales.