Tansy Plume - Gillmeria ochrodactyla

Alternative names
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).

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

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