Pterophoridae : Pterophorinae
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Adaina microdactyla
Hemp-agrimony Plume
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Hellinsia carphodactyla
Citron Plume

(Hübner, 1813)1519 / 45.039
=Euleioptilus carphodactyla

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Not listed.

Recent Status: An occasional species across Suffolk. This is a species that has been extending its range slowly in Britain over the last 100 years.

Life Style: A double brooded species that flies at night and can be found from May through to September. The larvae feed in the terminal shoot of Inula conyzae. The young larvae hibernate.

Identification: Hellinsia and Adaina species require careful examination for identification of the adult moth. H. carphodactyla has the entire body and forewings a pale lemon yellow. The wing span ranges 17 to 24 mm. There is a scattering of dark scales, primarily basally and absent on the second lobe. There is a small spot at the cleft and one just beyond this on the costa. There is a single spot on the dorsum of the first lobe and three on the dorsum of the second lobe. The costal cilia of the first lobe are white but grey as they turn around the apex onto the dorsum. If there is any doubt then genitalia dissection is required. More Info

Recorded in 10 (17%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 2004.
Last Recorded in 2020.
Additional Stats

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
30/08/2020125TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
12/08/2020125TM59 - Lowestoft
07/08/2020525TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
23/07/2020+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
18/07/2020125TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Wingspan: 14-23 mm.
Flight: June and Aug - Sept.
Foodplant:   Ploughman's Spikenard, Carline Thistle.
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 Immature Adult
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