Ethmia dodecea

Alternative names
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).

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

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