Spindle Ermine - Yponomeuta cagnagella


    This is one of four Ermine moth species, namely Orchard Ermine (Yponomeuta padella), Apple Ermine (Yponomeuta malinellus), Spindle Ermine (Yponomeuta cagnagella) and Willow Ermine (Yponomeuta rorrella) which should now be recorded as Yponomeuta agg., unless it is made clear that they were recorded as an occupied larval web or reared from the relevant larval foodplant.

    Identification difficulty

    Prefers chalk or limestone districts.

    When to see it

    July and August

    Life History

    The food plant is Spindle the larvae feeding gregariously in a silken web.

    UK Status

    Fairly common throughout Britain except in the far north. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant)

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