Erebidae : Arctiinae
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White Ermine
Spilosoma lubricipeda
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Muslin Moth
Diaphora mendica

(Clerck, 1759) 2063 / 72.022

A common resident found across the region.

Found in many open habitats.

Overwinters as a pupa. The brownish male is active at night and comes readily to light. The white female is more active during the day.

Note the white females are sometimes mistaken for White Ermines but Muslin wings are almost translucent and the species is much smaller.

Recorded in 112 (80%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1857.
Last Recorded in 2022.
(Data up to end 2022)
Additional Stats

Forewing: M 14-17mm. F 17-19mm.
Flight: May - June
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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Latest 5 Records (data up to end 2022)
Date#VC10k Area
03/11/20221VC36 - HerefordshireSO54
27/10/20221VC39 - StaffordshireSK11
08/10/20221VC37 - WorcestershireSO74
15/07/20221VC40 - ShropshireSO89 -
13/07/20221VC39 - StaffordshireSJ85

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