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Water Ermine
Spilosoma urticae (Esper, 1789)
Erebidae: Arctiinae
2062 / 72.021
Photo © Ben Coleman,  BBC N Deavour Moth Group - Hickling Broad 14/06/16

Similar Norfolk Species
White Ermine
Spilosoma lubricipeda
Muslin Moth
Diaphora mendica
Forewing: 18-21mm
Season: 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 34 (49%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1800.
Last Recorded in 2019.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
11/07/2019527TM49 - Geldeston/Haddiscoe
07/07/2019327TM49 - Geldeston/Haddiscoe
04/07/2019127TM18 - Diss
23/06/2019127TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
01/06/2019128TF81 - Castle Acre/Litcham
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