White Ermine Spilosoma lubricipeda: Distribution map

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72.020 BF2060
White Ermine Spilosoma lubricipeda

(Linnaeus, 1758)


Wingspan 34-48 mm.

Widely distributed and fairly common over much of Britain, there is considerable variation in the degree of black speckling, and in certain parts of Scotland, there are forms with a buffish ground colour.

It generally flies from May to July, sometimes later in the south.

The hairy larvae feed on a variety of herbaceous plants.

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