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Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nationally Scarce A

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed and restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 6mm.

Foodplant: Round-leaved Sundew.

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 recorded18891889
Year last recorded20082008
Number of records3264
Number of individuals4998
Unique positions2550
Unique locations2652
Adult records1428
Immature records24

For the region, we have a total of 64 records from 52 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1889.


1493 Buckleria paludum 02
© Jack Oughton
1493 Buckleria paludum 01
© M Parsons/Butterfly Conservation

Species Account

Davey, P., 2020: Sundew Plume Buckleria paludum: A very local species restricted to moorland and bog habitat in a few counties in England, the larva feeding on round-leaved sundew (Drosera rotundifolia). In Dorset, the moth is found in the dampest portions of heathland across the Poole basin where sundew plants grow. There is one record in 2005 from Walditch in west Dorset, a presumed wanderer. It is rather ironic that an insectivorous plant species is itself preyed upon by an insect species. Agencies responsible for heathland conservation should include this small plume as a priority species in their habitat management plans.

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