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

UK Map