Monday, 18 July 2016

Apple Ermine and Footman moths

Is it possible to identify this first one as the Apple Ermine, Yponomeuta malinellus, or would dissection be necessary?

Friday and Saturday nights catches seemed to be dominated by Footman moths - mostly Muslin and Common but I assume the top left in the first photo is a Scarce Footman. I can't make up my mind on the one at the bottom which is the one in the third photo.

Andy Newbold, Sibford Ferris, Oxon.


  1. You do well to gets lots of Muslin Footman moths. Did youu mean Muslin? Starting at 11 o'clock, Scarce Footman, Common Footman at 2 o'clock then Buff Footman at 7.

    Unfortunatley dissection also doesn't help determine some of the Ermines, you actually need to find the larvae on the correct foodplant

  2. Thank you. Yes they are Muslin Footman that I have been getting in fair numbers since 7th July (2,6,0,3,5,7and 3 on the nights I have run the trap). There are a lot of lichen cover walls in the vicinity.


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