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Jul 15, 2013 12:02 AM

What is this strange bug?

I've never seen anything like it. Found him in my bathroom this evening.

Just wondered if anyone knew?!

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    Jul 15, 2013 6:35 AM (in response to LuaY)
    Re: What is this strange bug?

    To quote from

    "Some members of the small 'Ermines' are difficult to separate visually, but this species is one of the easiest, having five rows of black dots on the forewing."

    I think yours may be that one - bird-cherry ermine moth, Yponomeuta evonymella.


    Spindle ermine, Yponomeuta cagnagella, has the spots arranged differently;

    Orchard ermine, Yponomeuta padella, has too-few spots arranged differently.


    However, to quote from that last web page: "Part of a species complex which is still undergoing scientific research, it is very difficult to separate this from similar species, even by genitalia examination, and the best guide is often the foodplant."

    So just by looking at the markings, as I have done above, I may not have arrived at the right answer.



    Thistle ermine, Myelois circumvoluta, looks spuerficially looking similar, though it does not have enough spots. However, it is also larger, so not confusable with the preceding species.



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