White Ermine Moth (Spilosoma lubricipeda)
The white ermine moth is a member of the family of erebidae moths. They are easily recognizable from their white wings. It has a sub-species – Spilosoma lubricipeda sangaicum.
Description and Identification
The larvae are lilac-brown, with an orange longitudinal stripe running down its body covered with dark hair.
Once the larvae mature, they begin to pupate near leaves and other debris of the host plant.
Sexual Dimorphism: Present but not prominent.
Color and Appearance
The body of the adult moth is white, with a bright orange abdomen covered in black dorsal spots.
Forewing: When the wings are open, they are completely white with irregular black spots. When they are closed, the spots remain visible.
Hindwing: When open, the wings are white and covered with black spots, but far fewer than the forewings. When closed, they become less visible.
Average wingspan: 34-48 mm
Flight pattern: Erratic
Season: May to September
The eggs are light yellow.
|Distribution||Eurasia; including Kazakhstan and southern Siberia to Amur Region, China, Japan, and Korea.|
|Habitat||Gardens, grassland, heathland, hedgerows, moorland, and woodland|
|Lifespan of Adults||Not recorded|
|Host Plants||Herbaceous plants like alfalfa, bluewood, common broom, common dandelion, and stinging nettle|
|Adult Diet||Does not feed|
Did You Know
- They are generally not preyed upon by birds as they are poisonous.