Agdistis bennetii

Alternative names
Saltmarsh Plume

Wingspan 24 to 30 mm. Agdistis bennetii has a very distinctive resting posture, with its narrow wings held forward, and the front part of the body raised on the long forelegs. Unlike the other members of the Pterophoridae, the Agdistinae have forewings which are not cleft or separated into 'plumes'.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Records should be supported by good photographs. If possible, please retain the specimen until the record has been verified.


Usually found in Salt-marsh areas where the larvae feed on Sea-lavender.

When to see it

Adults fly in July and August, when they can be attracted by light.

UK Status

This is a very local species, which occurs mainly in salt-marshes in the south and east of England. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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