Bath Wildlife Sightings

Yponomeuta evonymella (Bird-cherry Ermine moth)? St. James’ Cemetery, Bath, ST7464

Unconfirmed

Date first seen

Date last seen

16/05/2022

Frequency of Sighting

Visited several times waiting for the caterpillars to grow large enough to be identifiable.

Species

Prunus padus Linnaeus (Bird Cherry), Yponomeuta evonymella (Linnaeus) (Yellow-spotted Ermine - Bird-cherry Ermine moth)

Evidence

Quantity

Numerous specimens in webs spun around leaves

Locality

St. James' Cemetery, Bath

Habitat

Planted trees of Bird Cherries (Prunus padus)

Environmental Conditions

Sunny

Grid Reference

ST741645

Other Information

Four trees infested. Some webs on flowers had stopped them developing, probably due to the feeding activities of young caterpillars, which all seemed now to have transferred to feed on the leaves. The tree is not native in this part of the country but is planted in parks and gardens. By 16th May the caterpillars were more or less fully grown.

Recorded by

Rob Randall, Alvan White

Identified by

Rob Randall, Alvan White
Menu