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Ethmia bipunctella
Bordered Ermel (Fabricius, 1775)
Ethmiidae: Ethmiinae
720 / 33.006
Photo © Raymond A Watson,  Hollesley, Suffolk.

Similar Suffolk Species: None
Wingspan: 19-28 mm
Flight: May - June (Aug - Sept)
Foodplant:   Viper's bugloss.
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Taken in a chalk-pit at Chelsworth, Suffolk, in the summer of 1861 by Captain Russell (Proc. Ent. Soc. Lond. 1862, p. 63).

Recent Status: The Morley record is likely to be for an immigrant example which is how they can still turn up, but the species is now well established along the Suffolk coast.

Life Style: A double brooded species that can be found during May and June, August and September. They come to light. The larvae feed on flowers and leaves of Boraginaceae, mainly Echium vulgare. They use a slight webbing. They pupate away from the larval habitation.

Identification: A distinctive black and white species that cannot be confused.

Recorded in 18 (31%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1861.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
23/08/2020125TM35 - Snape/Tunstall
21/08/2020225TM47 - Blythburgh/Dunwich
16/08/2020225TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
14/08/2020225TM47 - Blythburgh/Dunwich
12/08/2020125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
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