Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Local
Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: Jul-Oct.
Foodplant: Centaury, Yellow-wort and Gentian spp.
|Year first recorded||1884||1884|
|Year last recorded||2009||2009|
|Number of records||69||138|
|Number of individuals||88||176|
For the region, we have a total of 138 records from 82 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1884.
Davey, P., 2020: Dowdy Plume Stenoptilia zophodactylus: A species restricted mainly to southern Britain, preferring open, sparsely vegetated habitats, the larva feeding on common centaury Centaurium erythraea, yellow-wort Blackstonia perfoliata, and marsh gentian Gentiana pneumonanthe. In Dorset, this species is well established, favouring two principle biotypes, coastal undercliffs particularly those prone to landslip, and heathland where common centaury and marsh gentian grow.