Erebidae : Arctiinae
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Buff Ermine
Spilosoma lutea
Water Ermine
Spilosoma urticae
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White Ermine
Spilosoma lubricipeda

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2060 / 72.020

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

Recent Suffolk Status: Very common and widespread.

Life history: Single-brooded in summer. Occasional late season records in recent years. Larvae occasionally recorded in late summer.

Identification: Compare with female Muslin Moth which is smaller and has and has transparent white wings and much the scarcer Water Ermine, from which it differs by the pure white colour of the forewings and the central black dot on the hindwing.

Habitat: Ubiquitous in many habitats including gardens and woodland.

Recorded in 55 (95%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1930.
Last Recorded in 2024.
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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
29/05/2024126TL97 - Hopton/Ixworth
29/05/2024126TL84 - Sudbury/Glemsford
29/05/2024125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
28/05/2024126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
28/05/2024125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
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Forewing: 18-23mm.
Flight: One generation May-July.
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants Nettle and docks
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2024. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2024. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2024
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