Erebidae : Arctiinae
  Prev | Next  
Photo © Tom Morris,  Alderholt typical male

Similar Dorset Species
White Ermine
Spilosoma lubricipeda
Upload a Photo
Muslin Moth
Diaphora mendica

(Clerck, 1759) 2063 / 72.022

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in all but the far north of Britain, the larva feeding on a various herbaceous plants. In Dorset, the moth is ubiquitous and frequently rises to common in damp woodland. Males are readily attracted to light, but the seldom-encountered females may occasionally be seen during the day flying in sunshine. A male ab. rustica where the usual brown ground colour was replaced by white was trapped at Chamberlaynes by H Andrewes.

Recorded in 36 (90%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1895.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)
Additional Stats

Forewing: M 14-17mm. F 17-19mm.
Flight: May - June
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
< Water Ermine | Clouded Buff >
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
03/06/201919SY98 Wareham
02/06/201929SZ08 Studland / Sandbanks
31/05/201919ST90 Spetisbury
30/05/201919ST61 Sherborne
29/05/201919SZ07 Swanage

We need your records!
Do you have records of Muslin Moth?
Put your own dot on the map!

Golden Cinnabar Membership

  • Help with running costs of
  • View detailed maps
  • List detailed species records
  • 12 month membership
   You can really help...

Copyright © Lepidoptera UK 2024
Click Map for Details...

  Immature   Adult
Show Details | 1990 to 2019 | 2000 to 2019 | Graph Key
© 2024 NOLA®; Database using MapMate® Digital Maps © Bartholomew 2010. Design © Jim Wheeler 2024
This site requires necessary cookies to function correctly. We'd also like to set Google analytics cookies that help us make improvements by measuring how you use the site. These will be set only if you accept all cookies. Necessary cookies enable core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility. You may disable these by changing your browser settings, but this will affect how the website functions. Cookies Policy