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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.

White Ermine Moth


Scientific Classification

  • Family: Erebidae
  • Genus: Spilosoma
  • Scientific Name: Spilosoma lubricipeda

Description and Identification


The larvae are lilac-brown, with an orange longitudinal stripe running down its body covered with dark hair.

White Ermine Moth Caterpillar



Once the larvae mature, they begin to pupate near leaves and other debris of the host plant.

White Ermine Moth Pupa


Adult Moth

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

Spilosoma lubricipeda



The eggs are light yellow.

White Ermine Moth Eggs


Quick Facts

DistributionEurasia; including Kazakhstan and southern Siberia to Amur Region, China, Japan, and Korea.
HabitatGardens, grassland, heathland, hedgerows, moorland, and woodland
Lifespan of AdultsNot recorded
Host PlantsHerbaceous plants like alfalfa, bluewood, common broom, common dandelion, and stinging nettle
Adult DietDoes not feed

Did You Know

  • They are generally not preyed upon by birds as they are poisonous.
White Ermine Moth Image


White Ermine Moth Picture


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