Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Nationally Scarce B
Local Status: Rare and very local resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: Jul-Aug.
Foodplant: Wild Marjorum
|Year first recorded||1841||1841|
|Year last recorded||2004||2004|
|Number of records||21||42|
|Number of individuals||16||32|
For the region, we have a total of 42 records from 32 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1841.
Davey, P., 2020: Dingy White Plume Merrifieldia baliodactylus: Restricted to England, and more often met with across southern counties, the larva feeds on wild marjoram Origanum vulgare. In Dorset, the moth occurs within unimproved tall-sward grassland and around scrub on alkaline soils where wild marjoram is able to flourish, mainly in the north-east of the county, but also within the quarried landscapes on the Isle of Portland.