( Hufnagel, 1766)
Phalaena lubricipeda lutea Hufnagel, 1766
Phalaena Bombyx zatima Stoll, 1782
Bombyx radiatus Haworth, 1812
Spilosoma lubricipeda hartigi Dannehl, 1928
Spilosoma lubricipedum reisseri Koutsaftikis, 1973
Diacrisia lutea japonica Rothschild, 1910
Spilarctia obliqua bergmani Bryk, 1942
Spilarctia obliqua ursulina Bryk, 1942
Diacrisia lutea rhododaktyla Bryk, 1948 
Spilosoma rhodosoma Turati, 1907
buff ermine ( Spilarctia luteum) is a moth of the family Erebidae. It is sometimes placed in the genus . It is found throughout the temperate belt of the Spilosoma Palearctic region south to northern Turkey, Georgia, Kazakhstan, southern Siberia (excluding Buryatia), Eastern Mongolia, Amur Region, China, Korea and Japan.
The wings of this species are buffish yellow (the males tend to be more yellow in colour than the females) and are typically marked with a diagonal row of dark spots on the forewing and a few other scattered spots on both forewings and hindwings. The extent of black markings varies considerably, however, from almost spotless examples to largely black
melanic forms. The wingspan is 34–42 mm. The species flies from May to July in the British Isles. This may vary in other parts of the range. It is attracted to light.
larva is pale brown and very hairy. It is polyphagous, feeding on a wide variety of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants (see list). This species overwinters as a pupa.
Recorded food plants [ edit ]
Subspecies [ edit ]
Spilarctia lutea lutea
Spilarctia lutea adzharica Dubatolov, 2007 (Georgia)
Spilarctia lutea japonica (Rothschild, 1910) (Middle Amur, Primorye, southern Sakhalin, southern Kuril Islands, eastern China, Korea, Japan)
Spilarctia lutea rhodosoma (Turati, 1907) Sicily, the black of the upperside is increased by a larger number of the spots; but especially distinguished by the bright red abdomen.
Gallery [ edit ]
Buff ermine moth (
Spilarctia luteum) caterpillar
Pair of buff ermine moths
References and notes [ edit ]
Collins Guide to the Insects of Britain and Western Europe 1986 (Reprinted 1991) Skinner, Bernard
Colour Identification Guide to Moths of the British Isles 1984
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