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Buff Ermine
Spilosoma lutea (Hufnagel, 1766)
Erebidae: Arctiinae
2061 / 72.019
Photo © Julian Francis

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Forewing: 17-22mm
Flight: May - July
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on a variety of plants, shrubs and trees. In Dorset, the moth is ubiquitous and common. The first brood is on the wing between late-May and early-August, in a rather protracted emergence period. A partial second brood has been noted in most autumns over the past quarter century. The national norm is for a single brood only between mid-May and mid-July. Extreme examples of variation tend not been noted in the county, however, an example where the usual buff ground colour was replaced by a strong cadmium tint was trapped at Scar Bank by A Russell.

Recorded in 40 (100%) of 40 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1934.
Last Recorded in 2019.
(Data up to end 2019)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2019)
Date#VC10k Area
04/10/201919SY39 - Lyme Regis
29/09/201919SY69 - Dorchester / Sydling
15/09/201919SY58 - Abbotsbury
15/09/201919SY69 - Dorchester / Sydling
11/09/201919ST90 - Spetisbury
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