American Ermine Moth (Yponomeuta multipunctella)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the American Ermine Moth.
Updated: 6/18/2018; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The American Ermine Moth is a transcontinental moth found in Canada and the U.S. despite its geographically limiting name.
The American Ermine Moth is bright white and covered in black dots, much like a Dalmatian in the canine world. Careful examination of the number of dots and their arrangement can help distinguish this species from other similar species in this genus, but the task can still prove challenging. The American Ermine Moth has more black dots than most species, and they form three or four relative lines down the forewings. Hindwings, when visible, are mostly white. The hairy white face has two large, black eyes. Its legs are completely white.
Caterpillars are mostly white with yellow blotches near the feet. They are also covered in black dots and have a dark line running down the 'spine'. They feed on running strawberry bushes, a low-growing, leafy shrub that covers the ground in woodlands. They may also be found on viburnum plants also growing in the wild. Adults are active in the summer and can be found in areas where host plants are growing, including gardens, backyards, and parks.