Yponomeutidae: Yponomeutinae

0427 (ABH16.004) Spindle Ermine Yponomeuta cagnagella, (Hübner, 1813)

KR01350

Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
 pre-1981
 1981-1999
 2000-2009
 2010-onwards
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Woodwalton Farm
Woodwalton Farm
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Final instar larva
Final instar larva
 Photo © Barry Dickerson


General Information

This species can be distinguished from other Yponomeuta species by the terminal cilia on the forewing which are pure white as opposed to greyish.

 

The larvae feed gregariously from a silken web.

Both sexes come to light.

Wingspan: 19-26mm
Foodplant(s): Spindle (Euonymus europaeus), Evergreen Euonymus (Euonymus japonica)
Flying: One generation, July-August
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Common

Habitat

Calcareous soils where foodplant occurs.

Regional Information

Recorded in 54 (20%) of the 270 2km squares of Huntingdonshire.

Last recorded in September 2018

Recorded date range (Adult): 12 May to 27 September

Recorded date range (Larva/Leafmine): 20 May to 29 June

Similar Species
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Orchard Ermine Yponomeuta padella
Earith
Earith
 Photo © David Griffiths
Apple Ermine Yponomeuta malinellus


Larva/Leafmine:
Larva Type:
Wrinkled
Colours:
Grey, white, black
No. of Proleg Pairs:
5