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16.004 (BF427)

Spindle Ermine   

Yponomeuta cagnagella
Adult: 2
Resident. Local.

Recording method

Larvae feed gregariously in a web on the leaves.

Life cycle

Larvae present May-June.  Adults fly July-August.

Larval foodplants

Spindle, Evergreen Spindle (Euonymus species).


The first for Dumfries & Galloway was found at Closeburn, Dumfriesshire, on 3rd August 1970 by Sir Arthur Duncan, specimen at National Museums Scotland, while the first for Kirkcudbrightshire was found on Auchencairn Bay on 28th July 2004, with the Wigtownshire first being found at Airyolland Lodge on Luce Bay on 8th July 2011.

28 record(s) from 14 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 2011 2022 2021

 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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