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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.

IMPORTANT - Please note that the maps and accounts are provisional, subject to change and further update.  The whole dataset still needs to go through the final verification process and it is likely that a very small number of records will not satisfy the present requirements and there are other records that have not been formally submitted.  The information is for guidance only.

Record breakdown:

Year first recorded195519831955
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records31681496634
Number of individuals1393531228494
Unique positions31611654
Unique locations24211506
Adult records30561476406
Immature records102

For the region, we have a total of 6634 records from 506 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1955.


White Ermine 11 ab. godarti
© Julian Francis
2060 White Ermine 10
© Julian Francis
2060 White Ermine 09
© Julian Francis
2060 White Ermine 08 ab. godarti
© Julian Francis
2060 White Ermine 07 ab. godarti
© Julian Francis
2060 White Ermine 06 larva
© Jenny Seawright
2060 White Ermine 05
© Phyl England
2060 White Ermine 04 ab.
© Dave Foot
2060 White Ermine 03
© Tom Morris
2060 White Ermine 02
© Will Bown 9 June 2012
2060 White Ermine 01
© Terry Box, 15 May 2004

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on a variety of herbaceous plants. In Dorset, the moth is ubiquitous and common. The first brood is on the wing between early May and mid-July, several weeks earlier than the national norm. A partial second brood during the late summer has been noted in roughly half of the past twenty-five years, mainly at the end of warmer than usual summers. Extreme examples of variation have not been noted in the county.

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