The Moths of Suffolk
424 Yponomeuta evonymella, Bird-cherry Ermine, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident, re-inforced by immigration (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Woodland, heathland, fens, gardens, scrub, coastal areas and grassland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-June to mid-August

Larval foodplants : Bird cherry (Prunus padus), Wild Plum (Prunus domestica), Dwarf cherry (Prunus cerasus) and Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Abundant on Prunus padus. Not uncommon round Ipswich; Orford, Thorp; bred from Prunus at Monks Soham, where it also flies to light, and at Creeting common on Gorleston palings; Syleham, Brandon.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 19-25mm


Confusion species
    AdultYponomeuta padella, Orchard ErmineYponomeuta malinellus, Apple Ermine
Yponomeuta cagnagella, Spindle ErmineYponomeuta rorrella, Willow Ermine
Yponomeuta irrorellaYponomeuta plumbella
Yponomeuta sedella

Compare confusion species

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Eye, Suffolk (viii.2005) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
larval diapause larval diapause larval diapause larva larva larvapupa pupaimago ovaimago larval diapause larval diapause larval diapause larval diapause

Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (3.vii.2015) © Neil Sherman