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Thaumetopoea processionea (Linnaeus, 1758)

Самец  (Thaumetopoea processionea)


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Noctuoidea family Notodontidae subfamily Thaumetopoeinae genus Thaumetopoea → species Thaumetopoea processionea

Species name(s)

Thaumetopoea processionea (Linnaeus, 1758) = Phalaena processionea Linnaeus, 1758 = luctifica Staudinger & Rebel, 1901. [9, 10]

Oak Procession Moth.



Zoogeographical regions


Forewing length

12—13 mm.

Primary colors

Yellow, Brown/Gray/Black.

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

Личинка  (Thaumetopoea processionea)

Detailed information with references


  • Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Spain, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and the Soviet Union - the European part of France, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Yugoslavia. [1].
  • Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the British Isles, France, Germany, Greece (mainland), Denmark (mainland), Spain (mainland), Italy (mainland), Cyprus, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldova Netherlands, the Channel Islands, Poland, Portugal (mainland), Russia, Romania,Sicily, Slovakia, Slovenia, France (mainland), Croatia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Yugoslavia. [10].
  • In general, Europe, but not in the North German Plain and the north. [5].

Imago Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • The length of the front wing of the male - up to 1.3 cm, females - up to 1.6 cm. The color brown and gray, with a rather vague figure, although females drawing yet more intense. Abdomen thick. [5].

General info about Imago

  • Oak marching moth flies through the oak forests. In some years, it can multiply massively. Active at night [5].

Imago lifespan

  • From July to early August - in one generation. [5].

General info about Larva

  • Larvae are small poisonous hairs that irritate and animals, and humans. During the day, the caterpillars hide in large nests evenings systems up the trunks of trees, the leaves, if leaves are small, they will be eaten whole, if the leaves are large, the veins of them still remain.Slim series larvae Thaumetopoea processionea supported gossamer that connect the tracks of one series with each other (and all of such series is a few pieces), if some poor guy still loses clue, she accepted her to actively seek and will not rest until it finds.After feeding caterpillars in the same order back into the nest. [5].

Larva food plants / other food objects

  • Quercus. [28].
  • Oak leaves. [5].

Larva lifespan

  • The larvae live between May and June. [5].

Overwintering stage

  • Winters egg. [5].

Subspecies of Thaumetopoea processionea


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