Small Goldenrod Plume - Hellinsia osteodactylus

Alternative names
Small Goldenrod Plume

Wingspan 16 to 23 mm. A very pale species with a slight brown costal dash and a dark spot at the base of the wing.

Identification difficulty

It inhabits open woodland areas, and some coastal habitats.

When to see it

The adults fly from dusk in July, and come to light.

Life History

The larvae feed on the flowers and seed-heads of Goldenrod and Ragwort.

UK Status

A local species, but widely distributed in central England, southern Scotland and parts of north Wales. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as local.

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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