The Moths of Suffolk
2060 White Ermine, Spilosoma lubricipeda, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : In a wide variety, including woodland, heathland, fens, scrub, grasslands

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-May to late June

Larval foodplants : Various herbaceous plants

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

Wingspan details : Forewing 18-23mm, Wingspan 34-38mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultBuff Ermine, Spilosoma luteum
Water Ermine, Spilosoma urticae
Muslin Moth, Diaphora mendica

Compare confusion species
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Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2002) © N Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye (8.vi.2000) © Paul Kitchener
Streaked form - Rendlesham, Suffolk (4.v.2003) © A Prichard
Female. - Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2006) © Neil Sherman
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (24.v.2012) © Neil Sherman