Triangle Plume - Platyptilia gonodactyla


Wingspan 20-30 mm. A pale species with bold markings towards the wing tips (the markings are often chestnut coloured).

Identification difficulty

Open, grassy habitats and waste ground.

When to see it

The adults fly in two generations; one in May and June and a second in the autumn. They are regularly attracted to light.

Life History

The larvae feed in the stems and flowers of Coltsfoot.

UK Status

This relatively common member of the 'Plume' moths has a widespread distribution in Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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