Field Tip Details

Species1635 Ground Lackey, Malacosoma castrensis, (Linnaeus, 1758)
Taxon stageLarva
Time of yearMay
LocationKent,Essex,Suffolk
TipThe larvae (small in May and still gregarious) are exceedingly abundant on a large variety of plants on the saltings of the Kent and Essex coasts, will feed freely on common garden chrysanthemums. [Tutt]
Submitted byTony PrichardTip statusChecked
CreatedThu 19-May-2005Last updatedThu 19-May-2005

Photographs

1635 Ground Lackey, Malacosoma castrensis1635 Ground Lackey, Malacosoma castrensis1635 Ground Lackey, Malacosoma castrensis
Larval clump - Boyton (1.vi.2003) © A Prichard
Larva on Sea Wormwood - Havergate Island, Suffolk (vii.2004) © N Sherman
Larval web - Boyton (1.vi.2003) © A Prichard