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Water Ermine
Spilosoma urticae (Esper, 1789)
Erebidae: Arctiinae
2062 / 72.021
Photo © Tim Hodge,  04/07/2015 - Horsey Corner

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Similar Norfolk Species
White Ermine
Spilosoma lubricipeda
Muslin Moth
Diaphora mendica
Forewing: 18-21mm
Flight: One generation June-July
Foodplant:   Water Dock, Water Mint, other marshland plants.
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
Norfolk Status
Fens, wet meadows, marshes, ditches, vegetated shingle.
East coast and Norfolk Broads area.

Please double check identification. Records received often show miss identified lightly marked White Ermine, female Muslin Moth or even White Satin!

Recorded in 36 (52%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1800.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
21/05/2020628TL78 - Hockwold/Weeting
11/07/2019527TM49 - Geldeston/Haddiscoe
10/07/2019127TG33 - Bacton
07/07/2019327TM49 - Geldeston/Haddiscoe
04/07/2019327TG32 - Stalham/Catfield
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