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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Very common and widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.

Forewing: 18-23mm.

Foodplant: Herbaceous plants. Nettle and docks.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19291930190418861960
Year last recorded20152014201420142015
Number of records5318189114843133804
Number of individuals1024737642404107941974
Unique positions16315217524341
Unique locations16314616425237
Adult records5256184414012942794
Immature records1311070

For the county, we have a total of 12630 records from 762 sites. First recorded in 1886.


72.020 White Ermine 10
© Alan Miller
72.020 White Ermine 09 Side
© Colin Duke
72.020 White Ermine 08 head
© Colin Duke All Rights Reserved 2018
72.020 White Ermine 07
© Colin Duke All Rights Reserved 2018
72.020 White Ermine 06
© Damian Money
72.020 White Ermine 05
© Andy Nunn
72.020 White Ermine 04
© Lee Wiseman
72.020 White Ermine 03
© Charles Fletcher, 9 May 2011
72.020 White Ermine 02 with Buff Ermine
© Charles Fletcher, 3 Jun 2001
72.020 White Ermine 01
© Ian Andrews

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: This is a moth of open spaces rather than woodlands, penetrating up to the edge of the moors (PQW). It is generally widespread and often common in all five vice-counties, although, in an area of Rotherham where it was previously common, there have only been three records between about 1954 and 1979 (Barringer & Ely, 1979).

2012 (CHF): This species is doing well and is common and widespread across all five vice-counties in both uplands and lowlands.

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