Twenty-plume Moth - Alucita hexadactyla

Alternative names
Many-plumed Moth

Wingspan 14-16 mm. The English name of this unusual little moth is something of a misnomer, as each wing is separated into 6 'plumes'. The scientific name is more accurate, meaning 'six-fingered'. It is the only British member of its family.

Identification difficulty

Gardens and open woodland.

When to see it

It can be found in the adult stage at almost any time of year, it is nocturnal and attracted to light.

Life History

The larva feeds on the leaves and buds of Honeysuckle.

UK Status

It is fairly common throughout 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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