Spindle Ermine - Yponomeuta cagnagella
Wingspan 19-26 mm. Although very similar to several other Yponomeuta species, it can be distinguished by the terminal cilia on the forewing which are pure white as opposed to greyish.
Prefers chalk or limestone districts.
July and August
The food plant is Spindle the larvae feeding gregariously in a silken web.
Fairly common throughout Britain except in the far north. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.
Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant)
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
Enter a town or village to see local records