Ethmia dodecea

    Alt Name
    Dotted Ermel
    Description

    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
    Habitat

    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).

    Reference
    33.001 BF718

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map