Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 2 See here for explanation
Flight time: Jun-Oct, hibernates through to Apr.
Foodplant: Large range of plants, including Restharrow, Cranesbills, and cultivated Geranium spp., Goosefoot, Heathers spp. and Mint.
|Year first recorded||1872||2000||1872|
|Year last recorded||2010||2010||2010|
|Number of records||142||38||360|
|Number of individuals||137||36||346|
For the region, we have a total of 360 records from 158 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1872.
Davey, P., 2020: Beautiful Plume Amblyptilia acanthadactyla: A widespread and increasingly frequent species across Britain, the larva feeding on a broad range of herbs. In Dorset, this is an often-met-with species, tending to favour for example, forest edge, heathland and wayside habitats, where hedge woundwort Stachys sylvatica, heather Calluna vulgaris and goosefoot Chenopodium respectively, grow. It is increasingly found in gardens where the larvae feed on various plants in the mint family, especially common calamint Clinopodium ascendens and lemon balm Melissa officinalis. Larvae are also found on the flowers of lavenders Lavandula spp.