| Lasiocampa quercus Linnaeus, 1758|
| Taxonomical Classification: Animalia / Arthropoda / Insecta / Lepidoptera / Lasiocampoidea |
| Oak eggar, Northern Eggar Baħrija tal-Ballut|
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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).The red-brown males fly during the day, especially in sunshine, whereas the larger, paler females are nocturnal and can be attracted to light. For Malta, this is a protected species.
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