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Oxyptilus laetus
Scarce Light Plume

(Zeller, 1847)1492 / 45.027
=Crombrugghia laeta
=Crombrugghia laetus

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Not listed.

Recent Status: An immigrant species that was first confirmed in Suffolk during 2019.

Life Style: A summer flying species. The larvae feed on Andryala integrifolia that does not grow in Britain.

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. In ‘British Plume Moths’ Colin Hart states ’Wing colour and markings are very similar to C. distans and it is not always possible to separate the two species on wing pattern alone.’. The characters given in his key have been used to separate these two species in Suffolk, unfortunately this has proved unreliable having carried out genitalia determination of two specimens that appeared identical. Determination by genitalia is therefore necessary for Oxyptilus laetus. More Info

Verification Grade Comment: Scarce immigrant

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 2 (3%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2019.
Last Recorded in 2019.
Additional Stats

Oxyptilus distans  |  Capperia britanniodactylus >

Coll. Allan Eaton Kessingland 1 July 2019 - Raymond A Watson
coll. K Knights B Jones A. Eaton. Lound 11 July 2019 - Raymond A Watson
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
01/08/2019125TM58 - Carlton Colville/Kessingland
30/07/2019125TM58 - Carlton Colville/Kessingland
11/07/2019125TG50 - Gorleston
01/07/2019125TM58 - Carlton Colville/Kessingland
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Wingspan: 14-23mm
Flight: June - July
Foodplant:   Andryale species
Nat Status: Migrant
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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