Thistle Ermine - Myelois circumvoluta


    Wingspan 27-33 mm. This is a very distinctive moth, rather reminiscent of a larger version of the Yponomeutidae family.

    Identification difficulty

    Found in habitats where the foodplants (Thistles) grow.

    When to see it

    Flying in June and July, the adults can be attracted to light.

    Life History

    As the name suggests, the larval foodplants are various types of Thistle.

    UK Status

    This moth is distributed over the southern half of Britain and is fairly common. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

    UK Map