White Plume Moth Pterophorus pentadactyla

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White Plume Moth Pterophorus pentadactyla

White Plume Moth Pterophorus pentadactyla (Linnaeus, 1758) 45.030 BF1513

Wingspan 26-34mm. Forewing length 12-16mm. A very unusual and most distinctive white feathery-winged moth. This is one of the largest of the Plume moths, with wings divided into several feathered fingers.

The adult flies July to August, and sometimes there is a second generation in September. Easily disturbed during the day, and attracted to light. Found in gardens, rough ground, grassland, and fens. Common and widespread. The larva feeds on Bindweed.

© Pete Hillman July 2011.

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Common Plume Emmelina monodactyla

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Common Plume Emmelina monodactyla

An odd-looking moth which often rests with its wings rolled tightly up. It is quite a weak flier, and will only travel a short distance before settling down again. Each pair of spurs on the hind legs has one spur longer than the other. Wingspan 18 to 27mm.

The adult can be seen all year round, and is seen wherever bindweeds grows, which are the larva’s foodplants. One of the commonest of the Plume moths and widespread.

© Pete Hillman July 2017.

Beautiful Plume Amblyptilia acanthadactyla

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Amblyptilia acanthadactyla

I often come across this curious-looking moth in my rear garden. They are easily disturbed from my plants during the day. They are very weak fliers, and they don’t tend to fly very far. They make good subjects for photography as they don’t move very often once settled.

It is one of a number of plume moths found in the UK. A reddish-brown species, it has quite a distinctive wing pattern. Wingspan 17 to 23mm.

Amblyptilia acanthadactyla

The adul flies in two generations July and September to May. A common and widespread species, found in various habitats, including gardens, woodland and hedgerows.The larva feeds on the flowers and seeds of a range of various herbaceous plants.

© Pete Hillman July 2015.