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.

Identification difficulty

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)

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

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