White Plume - Pterophorus pentadactyla
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.
Inhabiting dry grassland, waste ground and gardens.
The adults fly from dusk onwards in June and July and sometimes have a second generation in September.
The caterpillars overwinter and feed on Bindweed.
Quite common over much of Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.
Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)
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