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White Ermine
Spilosoma lubricipeda (Linnaeus, 1758)
Erebidae: Arctiinae
2060 / 72.020
Photo © Paul Bryant,  Woolpit, Suffolk

Similar Suffolk Species
Buff Ermine
Spilosoma lutea
Water Ermine
Spilosoma urticae
Forewing: 18-23mm.
Flight: One generation May-July.
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants. Nettle and docks.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1

Morley's Final Catalogue: Both (also including Buff Ermine) occur in profusion, especially at light, from Bentley Woods to Gorleston.

Recent Status: Very common and widespread.

Identification: Compare with female Muslin Moth and much scarcer Water Ermine.

Habitat: Ubiquitous in many habitats including gardens and woodland.

Recorded in 55 (95%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1930.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
13/08/2020125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
23/07/2020225TM35 - Snape/Tunstall
24/06/2020125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
23/06/2020125TM33 - Bawdsey/Felixstowe
21/06/2020225TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
Further info: Spilosoma lubricipeda
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