Pterophoridae : Agdistinae
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Agdistis bennetii
Saltmarsh Plume

(Curtis, 1833)1488 / 45.001

Morley’s Final Catalogue: First found in Suffolk at lpswich electric lights on 16 August 1895 (Mly); and subsequently no nearer than Hemley at light in July and September (Wir, EMM. 1902, 247), where it is abundant in August among sea-lavender, on which plant the larva was found beside the Blyth River at Walberswick in September 1933 (Blair). Common at Southwold in 1897 (Ctw).

Recent Status: This plume common on our salt-marshes but also wanders inland for a considerable distance.

Life Style: The moth is double brooded and flies at night. It can be captured at light from May to September. The larvae feed on Limonium vulgare Common Sea Lavender. It pupates on the plant.

Identification: One of three Agdistis species in Britain which have undivided wings. At rest they roll their wings tightly and hold them forwards resulting in a ‘Y’ shape. The other Agdistis species have pointed forewings and a straight termen. A. tamaricis could turn up as an immigrant and establish. It is resident in the Channel Islands and has been found in Kent.

Recorded in 24 (41%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1895.
Last Recorded in 2020.
Additional Stats

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
27/08/2020125TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
26/08/2020125TM33 - Bawdsey/Felixstowe
24/08/2020125TM33 - Bawdsey/Felixstowe
23/08/2020225TM33 - Bawdsey/Felixstowe
21/08/2020325TM47 - Blythburgh/Dunwich
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Wingspan: 24-30mm.
Flight: Two Generations May-July. July-Sept.
Foodplant:   Sea-lavender.
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
 Immature Adult
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