White Ermine - Spilosoma lubricipeda

    Description

    Wingspan 34-48 mm. There is considerable variation in the degree of black speckling and, in certain parts of Scotland, there are forms with a buffish ground colour.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Gardens, hedgerows, grassland, heathland, moorland and woodland.

    When to see it

    It generally flies from May to July and sometimes later in the south.

    Life History

    The hairy larvae feed on a variety of herbaceous plants.

    UK Status

    Widely distributed and fairly common over much of Britain. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

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

    Reference
    72.020 BF2060

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map