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Buff Ermine
Spilosoma lutea

(Hufnagel, 1766) 2061 / 72.019
=Spilosoma luteum
Photo © Ian Andrews,  SE79934916Pocklington, VC61

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Yorkshire Status: Very common and widespread resident.

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Widely recorded and often common over all five vice-counties. More common than S. lubricipeda (Linnaeus) in some areas, for example, around York in vice-counties 62 and 64.

2012 (CHF): Widespread and common across all five vice-counties. Numbers appear stable.

Recorded in 171 (86%) of 200 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1879.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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Forewing: 17-22mm
Flight: May - July
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants
Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
22/09/2023163SK49 - Rotherham
25/08/2023161TA31 - Skeffling / Easington
21/08/2023161SE92 - Swanland
19/08/2023161SE94 - Middleton-on-the-Wolds
17/08/2023162SE56 - Easingwold (S)
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