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White Ermine
Spilosoma lubricipeda
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Water Ermine
Spilosoma urticae

(Esper, 1789) 2062 / 72.021

Morley's Final Catalogue: Extremely rare, and found only singly. Tuddenham (T. & J. Brown of Cambridge); Beccles (Crf) and Gorleston (Hist. Yarm., probably in error): ante 1890. One in Copdock Rectory avenue, c. 1895 (Hkg). One at Kessingland in June 1890 (Ctw). One found floating on Oulton Dyke about 1920 (D). One female bred 21 May 1927 from Belton larva (Ellis).

Recent Suffolk status: Scarce, mainly coastal with occasional inland records close to wetland sites.

Life history: Single-brooded in summer.

Identification: Compare with similar White Ermine, examples of which can show remarkably few black spots on fore-wings. Water Ermine lacks the single black spot on hind-wing of White Ermine. Overall a longer, slimmer moth and cleaner looking than White Ermine.

Habitat: Wet meadows, marshes including and salt-marshes.

Recorded in 24 (41%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1890.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
30/06/2023125TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
22/06/2023125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
21/06/2023125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
18/06/2023225TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
18/06/2023125TM47 - Blythburgh/Dunwich
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Forewing: 18-21mm
Flight: One generation June-July
Foodplant:   Water Dock, Water Mint, other marshland plants
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Nationally Scarce
Former Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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