Brindled Plume - Amblyptilia punctidactyla


Wingspan 18 to 23 mm. Superficially similar to A. acanthadactyla, this species is generally greyer and less warm in colouration, and has a more speckled appearance.

Identification difficulty

Frequenting various habitats.

When to see it

There are two generations with moths flying in July and then from September, hibernating until the following spring.

Life History

The larvae feed on the flowers and unripe seeds of Hedge Woundwort and a number of other herbaceous plants.

UK Status

Widely but locally distributed over much of Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant).

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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