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72.019 ~ 2061 ~ Buff Ermine ~ Spilosoma luteum
UK Status

Resident. Common S,C,(N).

Montgomeryshire Status

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

Wingspan :  M & F, 34-42mm.

Confusion species

White 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-October.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by MDH, 18th May 2010, Llanfyllin

Photo by PRW, 12th July 2008, Commins Coch
An unusual colour form.
Photo by LW, 21st Oct 2012, Dernol

Photo by LW, 21st Oct 2012, Dernol

Photo by GBC, 2nd Aug 2014, Lake Vyrnwy