There are around 28 species in the genus globally across the holarctic region. Only a single species is recorded in Britain and Ireland.

The Eriocampa are characterised by large crater-like punctures on the scutellum and mesopleura. The cenchri are small, triangular in shape and set far apart. The frontal lobe of the mesoscutum is transected medially by a groove with the posterior portion flattened in comparison to the domed anterior portion.

Larvae feed on various trees and are often covered with a waxy secretion.

Species list:

Eriocampa ovata (Linnaeus, 1760)


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