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Malacosoma neustria (Linnaeus, 1758) Species

Last modified: Feb. 3, 2021, 6:31 p.m.

A common species in the southern part of Belgium, less widespread and not so common in the northern part of the country.


Family: Lasiocampidae > Subfamily: Malacosominae > Tribus: Malacosomini > Genus: Malacosoma > Subgenus: Clisiocampa > Species: Malacosoma neustria
Vernacular names
Ringelrups (NL), The Lackey (EN), Le Bombyx à livrée (FR), Ringelspinner (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 25.




Museum specimens

Specimens in nature



The larvae live gregariously in a silken web on many trees and shrubs.
Hibernates as egg.

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Flight periods

The adults fly from mid June till the end of August in one generation. They come to light, males more frequently than females.

Observed on

Host plant (genera):
Crataegus and Prunus

The larvae live mainly on: Crataegus and Prunus spinosa.

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