Yarrow Plume - Gillmeria pallidactyla

    Alt Name
    Platyptilia pallidactyla

    Wingspan 23 to 27 mm.

    Identification difficulty

    This species occurs in dry or sandy waste ground and similar habitats.

    When to see it

    Flying in June and July, the adults hide amongst low foliage during the day and become active from dusk onwards, when they will come to light.

    Life History

    Yarrow (Achillea) is the main foodplant, but the larvae possibly also feed on Tansy (Tanacetum).

    UK Status

    Widely distributed but local, throughout Great Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent but not common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = B (scarce resident or restricted distribution or regular migrant).

    45.008 BF1504

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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