72.020 (2060) White Ermine Spilosoma lubricipeda (Linnaeus, 1758)

Status
Resident. Common.
UK BAP Priority Species.
 
Flight period
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History
Lennon (1863) had found it common everywhere. Douglas Robinson (1870-71) had found the White Ermine in June and stated it as "not rare" around Almorness (VC73). K. J. Morton of Edinburgh (1900) whilst on a visit in July 1899 to Wigtownshire had found this species in the Monreith area. Gordon (1913) had found the White Ermine to be common at light at Corsemalzie (VC74).
 
Sir Arthur Duncan (1909-84) during his lifetime had found it at Closeburn, Tynron and Castlehill, Dumfries (all VC72). Archibald Russell (1944) listed it as occurring near Gatehouse of Fleet (VC73) during the years 1942-43.
With 850 records it was well recorded from all the Rothamsted stations, and that trend continued from 1992 to 2010, being trapped widely across the region and proving to be extremely common.

Striated form ab. godarti
The first was found at Southwick (VC73) on 9th July 1947. Since then we have notice of one in June and one in July 2013 from Courance (VC72). There is also a photo of one on UKMoths taken at Balmaclellan (VC73) on an unknown date.

Life cycle
Two generations. Overwinters as a pupa. Larvae are present July to September.
 
Larval foodplants
Common Nettle, docks and many other herbaceous plants.
 
Identification
Unmistakeable.
 
Habitat
A wide variety of urban and rural sites.
© Peter Norman, Kirkcudbright, May 2004
© Keith Naylor
© Brian Henderson, Courance, 2013, pattern variation
© Gavin Chambers, Barclye, 7 September 2011

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  • Butterfly Conservation - Macro-moth provisional distribution for the British Isles (excluding the Republic of Ireland) from the National Moth Recording Scheme
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