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Moth Buff Ermines

Buff Ermines - Photo  Copyright 2005 Alison Dark
Photo: Alison Dark

Latin name: Spilosoma lutea

Size: Wingspan up to 42mms

Distribution: Found in most parts of the UK.

Months seen: May to July

Food: The caterpillars feed on a variety of plants and trees.

Habitat: Woods, parks and gardens.

Special features: The buff ermine moth is so called because of its buff colouring. The female is generally paler and the black spots appear more prominent.

Buff ermine moths often fall prey to birds, because their colour is so obvious. The buff ermine is similar in appearance to the white ermine moth, which is distasteful to birds. It's possible the buff ermines similar appearance could help to protect them from birds.


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