Willow Ermine Yponomeuta rorrella

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Willow Ermine Yponomeuta rorrella

16.005 BF428 Willow Ermine Yponomeuta rorrella (Hübner, 1796)

Wingspan 20mm. Forewing length 9.5-12mm. This has a white ground colour with a grey suffusion with 3 or 4 rows of small black dots on each forewing. Similar to other Yponomeuta.

Willow Ermine Yponomeuta rorrella

The adult flies July to August, and is found near rivers and on plantations. A local species appearing throughout most of England. The larva feeds on willows.

Willow Ermine Yponomeuta rorrella

© Pete Hillman July 2017.

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Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella

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Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella

16.001 BF424 Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella (Linnaeus, 1758)

Wingspan 16-25 mm. Forewing length 9.5-12.5mm. These moths frequently visit my garden, and they are often attracted to light. Its white silken forewings with fives rows of dots make this one of the easier ermels to identify, as many of them can pretty much look the same.

Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella

The adults fly July to August, and are found in woodland and scrub, also in gardens. Comes to light. Common and widespread throughout, especially in the north. The larvae feeds on Bird Cherry, and in sufficient numbers it can become a serious pest.

© Pete Hillman July 2015.