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.

    When to see it

    July and August

    Life History

    The food plant is Spindle the larvae feeding gregariously in a silken web.

    UK Status

    Fairly common throughout Britain except in the far north. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant)

    16.004 BF427

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map