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Gillmeria ochrodactyla
Tansy Plume
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Gillmeria pallidactyla
Yarrow Plume

(Haworth, 1811)1504 / 45.008
=Platyptilia pallidactyla

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Somewhat local among Achillea ptarmica, L., all over the County. Assington Thicks and Ipswich (Mlv); Hemley (Wir) and Orford (Gibbs) in 1903 (EMM. 1904, 80);' not uncommon at Aldeburgh in 1892 and Southwold in 1897 (Ctw); Yoxford and elsewhere inland (Pyett); Kessingland and Lowestoft (Ctw), north denes at Gunton in 1898 (Mly). Brandon (South, Barrett).

Recent Status: The species is common on the lighter land areas of Suffolk.

Life Style: A single brooded mid-summer flying species. The larvae feed on Achillea millefolium, A. ptarmica and occasionally Tanacetum vulgare. They mine stems and hibernate in a stem before mining a number of young stems in spring. They pupate head down on a stem of the foodplant.

Identification: A cream or light ochre forewing with extensive darker ochre shading. The scale tooth on the third lobe of the hindwing is absent or represented by a row of short dark scales. The species has a uniformly darkened tibia between the two pairs of spurs.

Recorded in 27 (47%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1892.
Last Recorded in 2020.
Additional Stats

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
18/07/2020125TM35 - Snape/Tunstall
13/07/2020+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
02/07/2020125TM59 - Lowestoft
01/07/2020125TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
30/06/2020125TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Wingspan: 23-27mm.
Flight: Jun - Aug.
Foodplant:   Yarrow, sneezewort and possibly tansy.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 Immature Adult
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