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Marasmarcha lunaedactyla
Crescent Plume (Haworth, 1811)
Pterophoridae: Pterophorinae
1495 / 45.023
Photo © Brian Jones,  18/6/2017 Gorleston, VC25

Similar Suffolk Species: None
Wingspan: 18-22mm.
Flight: Late June - July
Foodplant:   Restharrow and Spiny Restharrow
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1

Morley’s Final Catalogue: So inattentively have our Plumes been worked that this ubiquitous Restharrow-feeder had not been noticed in the County till 1903 when Gibbs found it at Felixstow (EMM. 1904, 80).

Recent Status: Recorded on the lighter land areas of Suffolk.

Life Style: A single brooded species that flies by day and night and comes to light from June to August. The larvae which hibernate feed on leaves and shoots of Ononis repens and O. spinosa. They pupate on the foodplant.

Identification: The moth is brown, darker for the male than the female. The markings are light ochre dominated by a crescent shaped mark centred on the cleft base. There may be other less evident markings more evident in the female.
The larvae can be found on the foodplant during the spring as they rest along the mid-rib on the upper surface. More Info

Recorded in 17 (29%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1946.
Last Recorded in 2019.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
20/07/2019126TL77 - Mildenhall
16/07/2019125TM58 - Carlton Colville/Kessingland
12/07/2019125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
10/07/2019126TL84 - Sudbury/Glemsford
09/07/2019125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
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