Saltmarsh Plume - Agdistis bennetii


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
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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.

45.001 BF1488

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Species profile

Common names
Saltmarsh Plume
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Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
28/08/2021 (Russell, Adrian)
Last record:
28/08/2021 (Russell, Adrian)

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