The Moths of Suffolk
2061 Buff Ermine, Spilosoma luteum, (Hufnagel, 1766)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and very common

Habitats : In a wide variety, including gardens, heathland, woodland, fens, grassland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; late April to August

Larval foodplants : Wide range of herbaceous plants

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

Wingspan details : Forewing 17-22mm, Wingspan 34-42mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultWhite Ermine, Spilosoma lubricipeda
Muslin Moth, Diaphora mendica

Compare confusion species
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Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2005) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich (15.vi.2003) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (v.2003) © N Sherman
Bawdsey, Suffolk (6.vi.2009) © Matthew Deans
 
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Lynford, Norfolk (7.vi.2008) © Lee Gregory
Ipswich, Suffolk (30.v.2012) © Neil Sherman
Ipswich, Suffolk (1.viii.2013) © Paul Kitchener