|WHITE ERMINE Spilosoma lubricipeda UK BAP (Research only) species
Appears to have increased in the last three decades as Rosie described it as uncommon in Region 1, becoming more common in Regions 2 and 4
Base colour variable from darkish buff to white. The striated form is very scarce.
Scottish Status: Common -stable. UK Status: Common
UK distribution shows a moderate long-term increase with a significant decline in abundance (cf: Atlas of Britain & Ireland's Larger Moths)
First and last flight dates recorded in Caithness: 2nd May to 30th July (one late record 29th August)
MAP: black dots last record pre 2000 blue dots last record 2000 to 2009
red dots last record 2010 to 2019 green dots last record 2020 to present