White Ermine - Spilosoma lubricipeda
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.
Gardens, hedgerows, grassland, heathland, moorland and woodland.
It generally flies from May to July and sometimes later in the south.
The hairy larvae feed on a variety of herbaceous plants.
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.
Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)
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