1642 The Lappet (Gastropacha quercifolia )

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Family Lasiocampidae

Wingspan 70 mm

Flight period July - August



The name comes from the flaps or laps around the caterpillars body, hiding its legs and giving it a twig like appearance. Adults are equally well camoflaged with crinkly wavy Russett edged wings which at rest looks like dead leaves. The caterpillar feeds on Blackthorn Sloe, Hawthorn and Apple