Willow Ermine


Yponomeuta rorrella – These small moths can be a fair challenge to photograph because of their pale and reflective scales, so best done out of direct sunlight with the exposure turned down a couple of clicks.


Willow Ermine Yponomeuta rorrella

Willow Ermine Yponomeuta rorrella

Willow Ermine Yponomeuta rorrella

Copyright: Peter Hillman
Camera used: Nikon D7200
Date taken: 18th July 2019
Place: Attracted to moth trap, rear garden, Staffordshire


35 thoughts on “Willow Ermine

  1. An interesting pattern on its wings/body. I imagine they would be easier to see than some of the darker moths which blend in with their background.

    (Am wondering if your health condition has improved, Pete? I do hope so 🙂 )

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    1. Hi Vicki,

      The markings are quite interesting and do stand out amongst the others.

      I had MRI heart scan yesterday, and will be awaiting an appointment to see my cardiac consultant in due course. I am still the same. Breathless when I try to do anything, especially when bending forward, and get very tired easily. I appreciate you asking, Vicki 🙂

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      1. Sorry to hear that your heart condition hasn’t improved Pete. I know what it’s like to have scary symptoms and not be able to get outdoors and do much. Keep positive (and in hope) that they’ll find a good treatment, although lots of rest is mandatory at the present time.

        I think the hardest thing when housebound & so fatigued is trying to keep oneself ‘entertained’. I find reading or computer work too tiring so keep it to a minimum nowadays. We have had a new TV station of world movies since July 2019 and they keep me entertained when I’m too symptomatic to do any activity. I love French, Norwegian/Swedish & Japanese movies so there’s usually something on during the afternoons when I start to tire. Hopefully, you’ve found some distractions without expending any physical energy.

        It’s not an easy time for you, I know 🙂 ‘Not knowing’ is tiring mentally in itself.

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      2. I really appreciate your encouraging words, Vicki. And you are right, it is scary, and it all becomes a bit of a waiting game between appointments. I like to read, but oddly have not felt like doing so since being ill, except when I was in the hospital for a week. But I like my movies and tv series, so they have kept me going, and although I am approaching the otherside of 55 I like my PS4, but do not always feel like using it. I am pleased you have found the new tv station entertaining and it helps you get through each day 🙂

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  2. I know virtually nothing about moths, but I’m learning; thank you! I love how their names are so accurately descriptive of their appearance, today’s willow ermine another excellent example.

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  3. I love all your photos of the tiny creatures of the world. Moths are overlooked at times, they can be so colorful and they are so unique. I have seen the really big moths when camping in the woods. Can’t think of what they are called. But, when it comes to spiders now. I used to get so freaked out over spiders and I have been working on that. Not to get so nervous around them. My husband pointed out a spider yesterday that had red and orange markings on it. That tells me it is probably not good. I told him I will leave photos of spiders up to Peter instead. I showed him some of yours. 🙂 I will just look at them on your post. 🙂

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