Yponomeuta plumbella

    Alt Name
    Black-tipped Ermine

    Wingspan 16 to 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.

    Photo ID?

    Varied habitats, especially in areas where Spindle is present.

    When to see it

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

    Life History

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

    UK Status

    The species is distributed in England and Wales, and southern Ireland, but does not occur further north. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

    VC55 Status

    It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

    16.007 BF430

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map