Elephant Hawk Moth

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Yponomeuta cagnagella Spindle Ermine

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53 records (121,272+ individuals)
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Date Site OS Grid Ref Stage Quantity Comment
10 Jul 2018 Chester SJ4267 Larval 1+ trees in central reservation again covered by larval web, Hoole Rd, SJ428679
22 Jun 2017 Puddington SJ3372 Adult 100 hundreds of adults
31 May 2017 Haslington SJ7356 Larval 500 SJ73525698. on spindle by roadside
29 May 2017 Frodsham Marsh SJ5077 Larval 1+ photos on Frodsham Marsh Blog. Grid reference not provided
23 May 2017 Puddington SJ3372 Larval 1+ Laval webs at SJ33377289 and SJ33357288
22 May 2017 Chester SJ4267 Larval 1+ Spindle tree engulfed with spinnings, Central reservation A41 Hoole, SJ428679. photo on Cheshire Moth Forum
22 May 2017 Common Lane, Waverton SJ455639 Larval 3 several larvae taken from spinnings, emerged 21/6/2017, photo on Cheshire Moth Forum
22 Jun 2014 Frodsham Marsh SJ4978 Larval 1+ no grid reference provided, much fewer than last two years, only a few spindle trees have webs and even therse have a thick covering of leaves
26 May 2014 Frodsham Marsh SJ4978 Larval 1+ no grid reference provided, hundreds of webbed caterpillars but sindles look healthily green with lots of leaves - not at all stripped
05 Sep 2013 Frodsham Marsh SJ5078 Adult 10
04 Sep 2013 Frodsham Marsh SJ5078 Adult 10 no grid reference provided
08 Aug 2013 Frodsham Marsh SJ5078 Adult 250
04 Aug 2013 Frodsham Marsh SJ4978 Larval 140 no grid reference provided
13 Jun 2013 Frodsham Marsh SJ5078 Larval 100000
26 Aug 2012 Frodsham Marsh SJ4978 Adult 240
23 Aug 2012 Frodsham Marsh SJ5078 Larval 2000
19 Aug 2012 Frodsham Marsh SJ4978 Adult 1 SJ494782, confirmed S H Hind. large colony at this site. photo on ispot
18 Aug 2012 Frodsham Marsh SJ4978 Larval 150
02 Aug 2012 Frodsham Marsh SJ5078 Larval 750
01 Aug 2012 Frodsham Marsh SJ4978 Larval 5000
28 Jul 2012 Frodsham Marsh SJ4978 Larval 10
26 Jul 2012 Frodsham Marsh SJ5078 Larval 150
08 Sep 2011 Frodsham SJ5075 Adult 40 SJ505785
04 Sep 2011 Frodsham Marsh SJ4978 Adult 2 SJ 49887 78257
01 Sep 2011 Frodsham SJ5075 Adult 200 SJ505785
20 Aug 2011 Frodsham Marsh SJ4978 Adult 1150 SJ 49887 78257
29 Jul 2011 Frodsham Marsh SJ4978 Adult 100 SJ 49887 78257
24 Jul 2011 Frodsham Marsh SJ4978 Adult 1+ several
24 Jul 2011 Frodsham Marsh SJ5078 Adult 1+ several
14 Jul 2011 Frodsham SJ5075 Adult 2000 SJ505785
10 Jul 2011 Frodsham Marsh SJ4978 Adult 2900 SJ 49887 78257 congregations of adults along top of No 6 tank. The still tented spindle thart was eaten bare now recovered with good leaf growth.
12 May 2011 Frodsham Marsh SJ4978 Larval 1+ 'uncountable numbers' of larvae present, guesstimated 350,000, based on an percieved density of 1,000 per linear metre over a length of some 350 metres. This is probably an underestimate. They were hanging in bunches, plum-sized 'balls' of larvae, and thousands were descending to the ground in processions down the same threads. Many of the Spindle were stripped down to the twigs and branches, and the grass along the lane was also looking like driven snow too. Amazing sight.
10 Sep 2010 Frodsham Marsh SJ4978 Adult 900
08 Sep 2010 Frodsham Marsh SJ5078 Adult 100 grid reference provided SJ505785
21 Aug 2010 Frodsham Marsh SJ4979 Adult 1170
22 Jul 2010 Frodsham Marsh SJ5078 Adult 1000 grid reference provided SJ505785
08 Sep 2009 Frodsham Marsh SJ5078 Adult 519 SJ505785, on top road of No 6 tank count 519 adult spindle ermines along sides of track - mostly in elderberry bushes, on grass or other vegetation only in areas close to but not on the spindle trees which on edge of tank are more exposed to southerly wind than the more sheltered areas frequented by the moths. In reality must be thousands of ermines here
05 Sep 2009 Frodsham Marsh SJ5078 Adult 200 SJ505785, many in flight and settled on vegetation including dozems on bunches of elderberry fruits. I estimate hundreds here . N end of No 6 tank where steve holmes had spindles in past .
24 May 2009 Stoak SJ4273 Larval 10 Larvae within Web on Spindle. LCES proceedings Vol 133 & 134 as SJ428730
23 May 2009 Frodsham Marsh SJ5078 Larval 1000 email to S Farrell, confirmed S H Hind from photo
10 May 2009 Frodsham Marsh SJ4978 Larval 500 Larvae in webs on Spindle. Count would be minimum number present. Numerous webs with 20-30 individuals seen over stretch of of 200 metres.
14 Aug 2008 Frodsham Marsh SJ4978 Adult 40
31 Jul 2008 Frodsham Marsh SJ4978 Adult 20
27 Jul 2006 Frodsham Marsh SJ4978 Adult 40
11 Aug 2005 Frodsham Marsh SJ495785 Adult 10 grid reference provided SJ495785. On Spindle
03 Jun 2003 Frodsham Marsh SJ5077 Adult 15
11 May 2003 Sharston SJ8388 Larval 1+ grid reference provided SJ830889 Sharston Road/Leestone Road, Sharston. Many larvae on small Euonymus bushes by roadside
27 Aug 2001 Frodsham Marsh SJ5078 Adult 8 confirmed from being on correct foodplant
23 Aug 2001 Frodsham Marsh SJ5078 Adult 20 confirmed from being on correct foodplant
1948 Castle Mill SJ7984 Not recorded 1+ date and grid reference unknown. Michaelis (unpublished March 1949)
1948 Goyt Valley SK0172 Not recorded 1+ date and grid reference unknown. Michaelis (unpublished March 1949)
1940 Cheshire Unknown Not recorded 1+ common and wideley distributed, Mansbridge (1940)
1854 Birkenhead SJ3089 Not recorded 1+ grid reference and date unknown. Common in Birkenhead Park. Byerley (1854)


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Updated: 12th June 2019