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Immature stages

Similar Suffolk Species
Amblyptilia punctidactyla
Brindled Plume
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Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
Beautiful Plume

(Hübner, 1830)1497 / 45.010

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Local by the sea and in the Breck; probably common on our coast. Aldeburgh in 1892 (Ctw); Leiston (Grey); Monks Soham garden on ivy-flower on 12 October 1931, Southwold in August 1898 (Mly); Lowestoft (Bd, Gd); Bungay (Mn). Tuddenham (A. Waters).

Recent Status: One of the commonest Plume moths in Suffolk

Life Style: The species is multi-brooded and flies at night, coming to light. It will hibernate and can be found at sugar and ivy blossom. The larvae feed on flower buds, seeds and flowers of a great range of herbaceous plants. They pupate where they have fed.

Identification: A distinctive species with the only confusion species being A. punctidactyla. They are separated on colour. A. punctidactyla is darker and greyer and never shows the brown colours present in A. acanthadactyla.

Recorded in 32 (55%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1892.
Last Recorded in 2020.
Additional Stats

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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
22/11/2020125TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
16/11/2020125TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
16/11/2020125TG50 - Gorleston
13/11/2020225TG50 - Gorleston
30/10/2020126TM05 - Stowmarket/Needham Market
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Wingspan: 17-23mm.
Flight: Two Generations. July. Sep-May. (Hibernating)
Foodplant:   Large range of plants.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 Immature Adult
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