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Photo © Neil Sherman,  Ex larva on Burdock. Bradfield woods. May 2014.

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Porrittia galactodactyla
Spotted White Plume

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)1514 / 45.031
=Pterophorus galactodactyla

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Common at Dodnash Wood in Bentley (Harwood); larvae at Glemham Magna, below burdock leaves, rolling up the white down as they feed (Bloomfield). Larvae common on burdock at Timworth in 1911 (Nurse); taken at Tuddenham (Waters).

Recent Status: A much scarcer species both nationally and in Suffolk since Morley’s time.

Life Style: The moth is single brooded flying during June and July. The larvae feed on Arctium lappa and A. minor. The larvae hibernate. They pupate on the underside of a leaf close to a vein.

Identification: A white or cream plume with a deep cleft and curved second lobe of the forewing. They are marked with brown spots and some shading.
The larvae are often gregarious; their feeding resulting in many small irregular holes in the lower leaves of the foodplant. The larvae can be found resting underneath alongside a vein. More Info

Retained Specimen / Photograph will be Required.

Recorded in 5 (9%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1911.
Last Recorded in 2014.
Additional Stats

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
21/05/2014226TL95 - Bradfield/Hitcham
03/05/2014+26TL95 - Bradfield/Hitcham
21/07/2013125TM24 - Woodbridge/Martlesham
11/09/2005426TL95 - Bradfield/Hitcham
27/04/2000+26TL95 - Bradfield/Hitcham
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Wingspan: 20-25mm.
Flight: June - July.
Foodplant:   Burdock.
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 3
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