Yarrow Plume - Gillmeria pallidactyla

Alternative names
Platyptilia pallidactyla
Description

Wingspan 23 to 27 mm.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

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).

Reference
45.008 BF1504

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Species profile

Common names
Yarrow Plume
Species group:
Moths
Kingdom:
Animalia
Order:
Lepidoptera
Family:
Pterophoridae
Records on NatureSpot:
20
First record:
15/06/2003 (Skevington, Mark)
Last record:
22/06/2022 (Higgott, Mike)

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