Yponomeuta plumbella
Yponomeuta plumbella
Early larval signs on shoots of Euonymus europaeus • Bere Alston, Devon • © Phil Barden

16.007 BF430
Yponomeuta plumbella

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Wingspan 16-20 mm.

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

The species is distributed in England and Wales, and southern Ireland, but does not occur further north.

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

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

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