Erebidae : Arctiinae
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Buff Ermine
Spilosoma lutea

(Hufnagel, 1766) 2061 / 72.019
=Spilosoma luteum

General comments:
Widespread and common resident.

In terms of the number of reports in the database the Buff Ermine is about twice as frequent as White Ermine and it is found just about everywhere. Although this species is used extensively to study the genetics of in wing pattern in a laboratory setting there is remarkably little variation noted in wild examples.

Recorded in 37 (90%) of 41 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1887.
Last Recorded in 2023.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
10/08/2023121TQ09 - Watford / Rickmansworth
09/08/2023121TQ09 - Watford / Rickmansworth
04/08/2023120TQ09 - Watford / Rickmansworth
03/08/2023120TL22 - Stevenage
30/07/2023120TL42 - Bishop's Stortford (N)
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Forewing: 17-22mm.
Flight: One generation May-July.
Foodplant:   Herbaceous plants
Red List: Least Concern (LC)
GB Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
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