Crescent Plume - Marasmarcha lunaedactyla

    Description

    Wingspan 18 to 22 mm. This species is easily recognisable by the moon-shaped creamy-white marking at the cleft in the brownish forewing.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    It prefers dry habitats, such as downland, shingle beaches and sand-dunes.

    When to see it

    It flies from dusk onwards in late June and July.

    Life History

    The larvae feed on rest-harrow.

    UK Status

    It is locally distributed in the south of England and Wales in suitable habitat. 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).

    Reference
    45.023 BF1495

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map