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Moths live in tropics.

ERMINE moths are a group of several hundred similar species which mainly live in the tropics.

They are easily noticeable because their larvae tend to form communal silk webs.

Apple ermine moths usually grow to have a wingspan of between 19mm and 26mm.

Although very similar to several other ermine species, it can be roughly identified by the hairs on its forewing which are pure white, as opposed to greyish.

Unfortunately for people trying to identify a spindle ermine moth, they are almost identical to the apple, but can be distinguished by the fact they eat spindle, not fruit trees.

Both species are fairly common in southern Britain where they live in regions of chalk and limestone.

But the further north you go, the more sparse the records become.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 30, 2011
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