Hemp-agrimony Plume - Adaina microdactyla


Wingspan 13 to 17 mm. The smallest of the British Pterophoridae which is pale buff in colour. The larvae gall the stems of Hemp-agrimony and the species is probably most easily recorded by recording the galls or exit holes in the host plant.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Adult: Records must include a photograph and note of size.

Gall: please include a photograph of the gall or exit hole and state the host plant.


Damp places where Hemp-agrimony is present.

When to see it

The species is double-brooded, being on the wing in May and June, then again in August.

Life History

The larval foodplant is Hemp-agrimony, feeding in the stems and forming a gall.  

UK Status

It is relatively common in the south of England, becoming less so further north into southern Scotland; scarce in Ireland. In the Butterfly Conservation's Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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