Yponomeuta padella

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Orchard ermine
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Yponomeutidae
Genus: Yponomeuta
Species: Y. padella
Binomial name
Yponomeuta padella
(Linnaeus, 1758)[1]
  • Phalaena padella Linnaeus, 1758
  • Yponomeuta diffluellus Heinemann, 1870 ("Hyponomeuta")
  • Yponomeuta rhamnellus Gershenson, 1974

The orchard ermine (Yponomeuta padella) is a lepidoptera from the family Yponomeutidae, the ermine moths. The wingspan ranges from 19 to 22 mm. It is also known as the cherry ermine.

The flight time ranges from July to August. The moth is attracted to light.

Similar species (also destructive pests):

Host plant[edit]

The larvae feed on Prunus spinosa, Crataegus and Prunus.


Both Yponomeuta diffluellus Heinemann, 1870 and Yponomeuta rhamnellus Gershenson, 1974 were treated as valid species by Gershenson and Ulenberg in 1998, but most authors regard them as synonyms of Yponomeuta padella.


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