Pterophoridae : Pterophorinae
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Merrifieldia baliodactylus
Dingy White Plume

(Zeller, 1841)1512 / 45.034

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Not listed.

Recent Status: A rare species in Suffolk. A small colony established in a garden in Hollesley during the late 2010s.

Life Style: A single brooded species flying at night and coming to light during late June, July and August. The larvae hibernate and feed on Origanum. They pupate on the foodplant.

Identification: Merrifieldia have narrow curved forewing lobes. M. baliodactylus has pale cream forewings with a small elongate black mark on the costa beyond the cleft and a narrow line of black scales on the basal half of the costa.
Following hibernation the larvae bite half-way through a terminal shoot stem of Origanum causing it to wilt. They feed on the wilted leaves. More Info

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 1 (2%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2016.
Last Recorded in 2019.
Additional Stats

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Determination
List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
24/07/2019+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
08/07/2018+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
05/07/2018+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
29/06/2018+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
17/07/2017+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
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Wingspan: 20-27mm.
Flight: July - August.
Foodplant:   Wild Marjoram.
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
 Immature Adult
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