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White Ermine
Spilosoma lubricipeda

(Linnaeus, 1758) 2060 / 72.020

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on a variety of herbaceous plants. In Dorset, the moth is ubiquitous and common. The first brood is on the wing between early May and mid-July, several weeks earlier than the national norm. A partial second brood during the late summer has been noted in roughly half of the past twenty-five years, mainly at the end of warmer than usual summers. Extreme examples of variation have not been noted in the county.

Recorded in 41 (103%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1895.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: 18-23mm
Flight: May - July
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants Nettle and docks
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
15/08/201919SY68 - Weymouth / Martinstown
15/08/201919SY69 - Dorchester / Sydling
21/07/2019+9SY59 Powerstock / Kingcombe
10/07/201919SY39 Lyme Regis
08/07/201919SZ08 Studland / Sandbanks

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