Lymantria dispar, Crete - photo © K. Bormpoudaki

Lymantria dispar, Crete - photo © K. Bormpoudaki

Lymantria dispar (Linnaeus, 1758)


Lymantria dispar is a moth of the family Erebidae on the island of Crete, Greece.

Scientific name
Lymantria dispar (Linnaeus, 1758)

Phalaena dispar (Linnaeus, 1758)

Porthetria hadina (Butler, 1881)

Porthetria umbrosa (Butler, 1881)

Common name

Spongy Moth


Superfamily: Noctuoidea > Family: Erebidae > Subfamily:  Lymantriinae > Tribus: Lymantriini > Genus: Lymantria


40-70 mm


The moth can be found in deciduous forests, warm forests, orchards, parks, gardens, etc. 

Food plant

The polyphagous larvae live on a variety of deciduous and coniferous trees and can cause severe damage in years of mass reproduction. On the island of Crete, larvae mainly feed on Quercus coccifera. Other foodplants are Fagaceae (Quercus), Rosaceae (Malus, Crataegus), Salicaceae (Salix, Populus), Ulmaceae (Ulmus).

Flight period
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Lepiforum e. V.

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