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72.02 ~ 2060 ~ White Ermine ~ Spilosoma lubricipeda
UK Status

Resident. Common

Montgomeryshire Status

A very common species, which is found throughout the county.

Wingspan :  M & F, 34-48mm.

Confusion species

Water Ermine, Buff Ermine and Muslin Moth.
Flight time (Montgomeryshire)


Most habitats.


A wide range of herbaceous plants.

Lifestage data

Overwinters as a pupa in a cocoon formed in the debris. Larva July-September.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by MDH, 18th May 2010, Llanfyllin

Photo by PB, 29th Aug 2012, Morben ISAF

Photo by MW, 2nd July 2013,Cors Dyfi

Photo by MW, 2nd July 2013,Cors Dyfi
1 day old larva

Photo by CB, 25th June 2015, Middletown