Honestly, I have no idea to what species these caterpillars belong. I got the eggs as an unidentified Lappet from Mexico. I haven't seen the moths yet. At first I thought it was Dicogaster coronada. Pretty much because the early instars look a lot like the pictures of young coronada caterpillars I found on the internet. And they only eat oak, like Dicogaster. It does not seem to matter much which oak. After the eggs hatched in august, I started them on Quercus robur and kept them on this plant until the leaves started to yellow. After that I sacrificed my young (semi)evergreen oaks. I really need to leave those plants alone for a few years, they are starting to look like bonsai trees. Anyway, I had the caterpillars on Quercus x Turneri (robur x ilex hybrid), Quercus x Hispanica (cerris x suber hybrid) and Quercus alnifolia. I kept this species warm and dry; first instars in plastic boxes and later on in netted cages. After a little over four months they started to pupate. I now doubt that they are Dicogaster coronada, because the full grown caterpillars are only large enough to yield a medium sized Lappet (about the same size as Lasiocampa quercus), while coronada is a lot larger. And, the collector told me that the moths didn't look like the pictures on Google. If you think you know this species, feel free to leave a message ...
|Unidentified Lappet final instar on Quercus x Hispanica|
|Unidentified Lappet L7 on Quercus robur|
|Unidentified Lappet L5 on Quercus robur|
|Unidentified Lappet L2/L3 on Quercus robur|
|Unidentified Lappet L1 on Quercus robur|