There are 8 types of ermine moths in the UK
I think this one is the Orchard Ermine, (Yponomeuta padella) because I saw it on Hawthorn and the larvae of the Orchard Ermine feed on blackthorn, hawthorn and cherry.
The moth’s larvae, which are about 2.5 cm long, make large communal webs for protection.
They feast on the surrounding leaves.
This was the first time I’ve seen one of these webs, but now I’ve seen a few in the last couple of weeks.
This one was quite a small web compared with some webs that are reported in the news.