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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed and restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Mid May-mid Jun, and Jul-Sep.

Forewing: 12-15mm.

Foodplant: Sea Lavender.

IMPORTANT - Please note that the maps and accounts are provisional, subject to change and further update.  The whole dataset still needs to go through the final verification process and it is likely that a very small number of records will not satisfy the present requirements and there are other records that have not been formally submitted.  The information is for guidance only.

Record breakdown:

Year first recorded188919971889
Year last recorded200620052006
Number of records24456
Number of individuals1185246
Unique positions20346
Unique locations19344
Adult records19446
Immature records102

For the region, we have a total of 56 records from 44 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1889.


1488 Agdistis bennetii 04
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1488 Agdistis bennetii 03
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1488 Agdistis bennetii 02
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1488 Agdistis bennetii 01
© Julian Francis

Species Account

Davey, P., 2020: Saltmarsh Plume Agdistis bennetii: A localised and rare species restricted to saltern habitat in south-east England, the larva feeding mainly on common sea-lavender Limonium vulgare. In Dorset, this spectacularly cryptic species is head-quartered in saltern and sand dune-to-saltern-transitions in the Poole Harbour and Christchurch areas. The moth occasionally disperses some distance from its headquarters, turning up at light traps on suitably warm nights elsewhere across the county: Gaunt’s Common, Puddletown, Tolpuddle, Trigon, West Blagdon, Chilfrome, Durlston.

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