Pterophoridae : Pterophorinae
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Oxyptilus distans
Breckland Plume
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Oxyptilus parvidactyla
Small Plume

(Haworth, 1811)1490 / 45.025
=Oxyptilus parvidactylus

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Certainly very local, if not actually rare, with us. Ipswich (Garrett); Beccles (Crf): both before 1890.

Recent Status: A rare Breckland species in Suffolk.

Life Style: A single brooded species that flies by day but will come to light from May till August. The larvae feed on the central rosette of Pilosella officinarum causing it to wilt. They pupate in a cocoon of silk and plant hairs in the rosette.

Identification: With the recording of O. laetus in Suffolk, the county possesses three Oxyptilus species. O. parvidactyla is the smallest at 12 to 15 mm wing-span and the scale tooth on the third hindwing lobe is large and long almost reaching the apex. O. distans is 14 to 21mm and O. laetus 14 to 23mm wing-span. Both have the scale tooth remote from the apex of the third hindwing lobe. More Info

Recorded in 1 (2%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1995.
Last Recorded in 2011.
Additional Stats

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
02/09/2011526TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
15/07/1995+26TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
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Wingspan: 13-18mm.
Flight: May - July.
Foodplant:   Mouse-ear Hawkweed.
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 Immature Adult
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