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Gillmeria pallidactyla
Yarrow Plume
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Gillmeria ochrodactyla
Tansy Plume

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)1503 / 45.009
=Platyptilia ochrodactyla

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Not listed.

Recent Status: A scarce species in Suffolk.

Life Style: A single brooded species flying from June to August. The larvae feed on Tanacetum vulgare. They feed in the flower before mining down the stem to the root-stock where they hibernate. In spring they mine in new shoots. They pupate head down on a stem of the foodplant.

Identification: A large plume moth with a cream or pale yellowish ochre forewing marked with darker ochreous brown but not grey. There is a mark or dark spots at the base of the cleft. The scale tooth on the third lobe of the hindwing may be absent or a row of dark scales. The species is distinguished from Platyptilia pallidactyla by having banded hind tibia beyond the first pair of spurs. More Info

Recorded in 6 (10%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1997.
Last Recorded in 2018.
Additional Stats

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Carlton Colville Suffolk - Raymond A Watson
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
28/07/2018125TM58 - Carlton Colville/Kessingland
09/07/2017125TM59 - Lowestoft
12/07/2014+25TM47 - Blythburgh/Dunwich
07/08/2004125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
07/07/2002226TL96 - Thurston/Elmswell
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Wingspan: 24-28mm
Flight: June - August.
Foodplant:   Tansy.
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 Immature Adult
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