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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and local resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jul-Aug.

Forewing: 9-13mm.

Foodplant: Spindle.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19441859188319642002
Year last recorded20142009201320142014
Number of records56822174
Number of individuals10437736871990
Unique positions19615132
Unique locations20614122
Adult records468860
Immature records10014114

For the county, we have a total of 107 records from 54 sites. First recorded in 1859.


16.004 Yponomeuta cagnagella 06 larvae on spindle
© Andy Nunn
16.004 Yponomeuta cagnagella 05 reared ex-larva on Spindle
© Dave Shenton
16.004 Yponomeuta cagnagella 03 larvae
© Margery Curtis
16.004 Yponomeuta cagnagella 04 larval web
© Margery Curtis
16.004 Yponomeuta cagnagella 02 larvae
© Margery Curtis
16.004 Yponomeuta cagnagella 01 larva
© Dave Williamson

Species Account

Similar species: Distinguished from 0425 Orchard Ermine Yponomeuta padella and 426 Apple Ermine Yponomeuta malinellus by the white forewings with white terminal cilia.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: A local moth, its distribution being limited by its foodplant, records away from the localities where spindle occurs may be due to confusion with Y. malinellus (Zeller).

Argus 47, 2004:
VC65. High Batts NR, larval webs on spindle 15.6.2002 (CHF, HEB). NEW VICE-COUNTY RECORD.

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