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Lymantria dispar (Linnaeus, 1758) Species

Last modified: July 7, 2022, 7:31 p.m.

A very common species throughout Belgium, especially in the northern part.


Family: Erebidae > Subfamily: Lymantriinae > Tribus: Lymantriini > Genus: Lymantria > Species: Lymantria dispar
Vernacular names
Plakker (NL), Gypsy Moth (EN), Le Disparate, la Spongieuse, le Zigzag (FR), Schwammspinner (DE)
First mention in Belgium
De Sélys-Longchamps E. 1837. Catalogue des Lépidoptères ou Papillons de la Belgique, précédé du tableau des Libellulines de ce pays. — — : 1–29. On page 28 (as Liparis Dispar). view page




Museum specimens

Specimens in nature



Flight periods

The adults fly from mid June till late August in one generation a year. Male comes to light, and also flies by day. Female apparently does not fly far from the cocoon.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Myrica gale and Salix repens

The larva lives on a great variety of deciduous trees and herbaceous plants. In some regions it can become a pest. Hibernates as an egg, laid in batches on the bark, twigs and leaves of the larval food plants.

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