Pterophoridae : Pterophorinae
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Stenoptilia pterodactyla
Brown Plume

(Linnaeus, 1761)1509 / 45.012

Morley’s Final Catalogue: The most frequent Plume in the County, occurring everywhere among Veronica Speedwell. Often at August light in Monks Soham, where it occurs on ivy-flowers in mid-October and hibernates till the sallow attracts it in the last week of March.

Recent Status: Less common than in Morley’s time but still well recorded.

Life Style: A single brooded species flying from May to July. The larvae feed on Veronica chamaedrys. The young larvae hibernate.

Identification: The moth is brown. This may range through greyish to deep bright brown. It is the least marked of the genus and is characterised by the white cilia on the outer part of the costa of the first lobe.
Young larvae mine down a stem prior to hibernation. The following year they feed on new shoots and flowers. More Info

Recorded in 37 (64%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1986.
Last Recorded in 2020.
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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
18/08/2020125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
17/08/2020125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
11/08/2020125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
10/08/2020125TM06 - Bacton/Stowupland
07/08/2020125TM25 - Wickham Market/Otley
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Wingspan: 20-26 mm.
Flight: Jun - Aug.
Foodplant:   Germander speedwell.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 Immature Adult
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