The White Ermine Moth (Spilosoma lubricipeda) is an insect in the Erebidae family of moths.
The White Ermine Moth has milky-white wings with black dots. Its hind (back) wings have one or several black dots. It has long, black antennae.
Its wingspan measures 3-4 centimetres (1-1.5 inches) in length.
It is found in Europe and Asia. It lives in a wide range of habitats, particularly open areas and gardens. It is usually seen from May to September.
The adult White Ermine Moth eats nectar from flowers and the larvae (caterpillars) eat plants. It is not eaten by birds because it is poisonous.
The female lays eggs on the surface of leaves. The eggs hatch into larvae. The larvae pupate and adult moths emerge from the pupae. This process is called metamorphosis.
Location of photographs: Paris, France
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM