Ethmia dodecea

    Alt Name
    Dotted Ermel

    Wingspan 17 to 21 mm. This striking species bears a superficial resemblance to the 'Ermines' (Yponomeuta spp.), but the black dots are larger and fewer.

    Identification difficulty

    The habitat preference is scrubby or chalky downland.

    When to see it

    The moths fly between May and July.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on Common Gromwell (Lithospermum officinale).

    UK Status

    With a scattered distribution in England. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

    VC55 Status

    It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

    33.001 BF718

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map