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Euproctis chrysorrhoea (Linnaeus, 1758)

Самец  (Euproctis chrysorrhoea)


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Noctuoidea family Erebidae subfamily Lymantriinae tribe Nygmiini genus Euproctis subgenus Euproctis → species Euproctis chrysorrhoea

Species name(s)

Euproctis (Euproctis) chrysorrhoea (Linnaeus, 1758) = Phalaena chrysorrhoea Linnaeus, 1758 = Phalaena (Bombyx) auriflua Esper, 1785 = Bombyx phaeorrhoeus Haworth, 1803 = Bombyx phaeorrhoea Donovan, 1813 = Nygmia phaeorrhoea = Arctornis chrysorrhoea = Nygmia phaeorrhoea Donovan, 1813. [9, 10, 186]




Zoogeographical regions

Palaearctic, Nearctic.

Russia regions

#1. Kaliningradsky; #4. Evropeisky Severo-Zapadny; #6. Evropeisky Severo-Vostochny; #7. Evropeisky yuzhno-tayozhny; #8. Evropeisky Tsentralny; #9. Evropeisky Tsentralno-Chernozyomny; #10. Sredne-Volzhsky; #11. Volgo-Donsky; #12. Nizhnevolzhsky; #13. Zapadno-Kavkazsky; #14. Vostochno-Kavkazsky; #16. Sredne-Uralsky; #17. Yuzhno-Uralsky.

Forewing length

18—20 mm.

Primary colors

Red, Orange, Brown/Gray/Black, White.

Flight time

January February March April May June July August September October November December

Larva lifespan

January February March April May June July August September October November December

Имаго  (Euproctis chrysorrhoea)

Detailed information with references


  • Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Denmark, Greece, Spain, Italy, Corsica, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sardinia, Sicily, Slovakia, the Soviet Union - the European part Turkey - European part of France, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [1].
  • Albania, Andorra, the Balearic Islands, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the British Isles, France, Germany, Greece (mainland), Denmark (mainland), Spain (mainland), Italy (mainland) Cyprus, Corsica, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, the Netherlands,Channel Islands, Poland, Portugal (mainland), Romania, Russia, Sardinia, Sicily, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey (European part), Ukraine, Faroe Islands, France (mainland), Croatia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [10].
  • Regions of the Russian Federation: the Volga-Don, East Caucasus, the European North-East, the European North-West, the European Central Black Earth, the European Central European South taiga, the Western Caucasus, Kaliningrad, Lower Volga, Mid-Volzhsky, Mid-Ural, South Ural. [3].
  • Habitat: widespread throughout Europe, it reaches the South of Finland and Sweden in the north central area. [5].

Imago Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • Kind of like aEuproctis similis, but larger in size - the length of the wings at least 2 cm. In males, only the tip of the abdomen rust-red, while the female - a wide field of the same color. Sometimes the abdomen can be covered with yellow-brown hairs. Upper wings pure white, unlike zheltoguzki on top of the front wings dark dots or more, or not at all. [5].

General info about Imago

  • In wild areas zlatoguzok can meet in sparse deciduous-mixed forest, in cultural landscapes - in orchards and parks. [5].

Imago lifespan

  • Time of flight of the end of June - beginning of August. [5].

General info about Larva

  • After hatching from the eggs of caterpillars will long stay in groups.During the warmer months, they spletut few leaves in Putin's Nest 10-cm size, which later will be winter and spring - always come back to it after feeding in the wild (while feeding the caterpillars always allocate the web,that is quite remarkable feature - all the leaves near the place of supply yellowtail larvae are covered with their web). Closer to the time of pupation the caterpillar crawl one. [5].

Larva food plants / other food objects

  • Rubus, Arbutus unedo, Prunus, Crataegus, Salix, Quercus, Ulmus, Carpinus, Fagus, Corylus. [28].
  • Oak, cherry, apple, plum, pear and other fruit trees. [5].

Larva lifespan

  • Larva Euproctis chrysorrhoea meets from September to June. [5].


  • Females E. chrysorrhoea lay eggs in groups of 200 eggs and cover their abdominal hairs, thus protecting the laying of the enemies. Externally masonry resembles a mushroom tinder. [5].

Subspecies of Euproctis chrysorrhoea


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