White Plume - Pterophorus pentadactyla

    Alternative names
    White Plume Moth

    Wingspan 26-34 mm. Probably the most distinctive of the 'Plume' moths and one of the largest. Its wings are deeply divided into several 'fingers', each of which is finely feathered, or plumed.

    Identification difficulty

    Inhabiting dry grassland, waste ground and gardens.

    When to see it

    The adults fly from dusk onwards in June and July and sometimes have a second generation in September.

    Life History

    The caterpillars overwinter and feed on Bindweed.

    UK Status

    Quite common over much of 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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    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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