Tansy Plume - Gillmeria ochrodactyla

    Alt Name
    Platyptilia ochrodactyla

    Wingspan 23 to 27 mm. Superficially similar to P. pallidactyla, this species has the hind leg banded brown and white below the middle spurs, and is often more distinctly marked on the forewing.

    Identification difficulty

    Various habitats, especially where the larval foodplant is found.

    When to see it

    Flies in July.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on Tansy, mining down a shoot, hibernating through the winter in the roots and burrowing up another shoot in the spring.

    UK Status

    It occurs over much of England and Wales. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as Nationally Scarce B.

    VC55 Status

    It appears to be uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland, where there are few records. L&R Moth Group status = D (rare or rarely recorded).

    45.009 BF1503

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map