Yponomeuta plumbella

Alternative names
Black-tipped Ermine

Wingspan 16 to 20 mm. One of the more easily recognisable Yponomeuta species, with a distinct black spot centrally on the forewing and blackish patch at the wingtip.

Identification difficulty

Varied habitats, especially in areas where Spindle is present.

When to see it

There are two generations, with moths on the wing in April and May, and again in August. It is attracted to light.

Life History

Spindle is the larval foodplant, the caterpillars mining the leaves initially, later living gregariously in a silken web.

UK Status

The species is distributed in England and Wales, and southern Ireland, but does not occur further north. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

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

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