Common Plume - Emmelina monodactyla


Wingspan 18-27 mm. Like most of the Pterophoridae, the wings are cleft or divided but this can be difficult to see as the moth often rests with the wings rolled up tightly. The wing colour is usually pale brownish, but can be darker. Each pair of spurs on the hind legs has one spur longer than the other. The abdomen has a pale buff dorsal longitudinal band with brown streaks along the midline.

Identification difficulty

It occurs in any suitable habitat where the larval foodplants occur.

When to see it

The adults occur in all months of the year.

Life History

The larval foodplants are Bindweeds. Larvae have also been reported occasionally on Morning Glory and Oraches. They feed in two overlapping generations on leaves and flowers from late May to September.

UK Status

One of the commonest of the 'Plume' moths all over Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Species profile

Common names
Common Plume
Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
24/06/2003 (Skevington, Mark)
Last record:
18/02/2024 (Pugh, Dylan)

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