The Moths of Suffolk
425 Yponomeuta padella, Orchard Ermine, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 4)

Distribution and abundance : Confirmed larval records scarce, but is probably widespread and common

Habitats : Where the foodplant occurs

Flight Period : Single-brooded; July to August

Larval foodplants : Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa), hawthorn (Crataegus), plum or cherry (Prunus)

Morley's Final Catalogue : A common and polyphagous kind, by no means rare at Lowestoft, as well as at light in Ipswich, Monks Soham and beside Fritton Lake.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 19-22mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultYponomeuta evonymella, Bird-cherry ErmineYponomeuta malinellus, Apple Ermine
Yponomeuta cagnagella, Spindle ErmineYponomeuta rorrella, Willow Ermine
Yponomeuta irrorellaYponomeuta plumbella
Yponomeuta sedella

Compare confusion species
    Adult

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Ex larva - Cransford, Suffolk (20.vi.2009) © A Prichard

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Larva in web on Crataegus - Cransford, Suffolk (6.vi.2009) © A Prichard
Larval web on Crataegus - Cransford, Suffolk (6.vi.2009) © A Prichard
Cransford, Suffolk (6.vi.2009) © A Prichard
 
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Close-up of anal plate - Cransford, Suffolk (6.vi.2009) © A Prichard
Dorsal view - Cransford, Suffolk (6.vi.2009) © A Prichard
Close-up of larval head - Cransford, Suffolk (6.vi.2009) © A Prichard
 
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Ex larva on Crataegus - Cransford, Suffolk (20.vi.2009) © A Prichard