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Lobster Moth
Stauropus fagi (Linnaeus, 1758)
Notodontidae: Dicranurinae
1999 / 71.009
Photo © Terry Box,  Lyons Gate, VC9

Similar Yorkshire Species
Great Prominent
Peridea anceps
Forewing: 24-33mm
Flight: May - July
Foodplant:   Birch and Alder, Oak, Beech
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1

Yorkshire Status: Very rare and very local. No recent record.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: There is one record of this species since Porritt (1883-86), from the Auckley area (VC63) as a larva in the late 1950s. No precise details are available but the authenticity of the specimen was vouched for by the late Mr A. H. Wright who was a close friend of the collector (per PS, Doncaster Mus.).

Species status (CHF, 2011): With the last in 1950, this species is unlikely to recolonise. The population in the south of England is healthy but it would need a major increase in population range to see it back in Yorkshire.

2012 (CHF): There is one other Yorkshire record which is mentioned in The Naturalist 1:255 as follows: Mr William Bowers of the Training College York, a young but indefatigable entomologist, during last midsummer's vacation collected in this neighbourhood amongst many others ... (list of larvae) ... Mr Bowers has taken splendid imagos of Boarmia Roboraria (Great Oak Beauty), N. Trepida (Great Prominent) and Stauropus fagi. Richard Hebson, Bailby Bank, Selby Nov 21 1864. It seems highly likely but unproven that the site of capture of this specimen must have been Bishop Wood.

Recorded in 2 (1%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1863.
Last Recorded in 1950.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
01/01/1950 to 31/12/1959163SE60 - Hatfield
1863+64SE63 - Selby
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