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Water Ermine
Spilosoma urticae (Esper, 1789)
Erebidae: Arctiinae
2062 / 72.021
Photo © Garry Barlow,  Cley Next the Sea, Norfolk.

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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 39 (57%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1800.
Last Recorded in 2021.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
14/07/2021127TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
10/07/2021127TG30 - Brundall/Cantley
10/07/2021127TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
09/07/2021127TG31 - Horning/Hoveton
09/07/2021127TG42 - Hickling/Horsey
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