Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: pRDB1
Local Status: Rare and very local resident.
Local Record: Grade 3 See here for explanation
Flight time: Jun.
Foodplant: Wild thyme spp.
|Year first recorded||1815||1815|
|Year last recorded||2005||2005|
|Number of records||10||20|
|Number of individuals||5||10|
For the region, we have a total of 20 records from 20 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1815.
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Davey, P., 2020: Thyme Plume Merrifieldia leucodactyla: A rare species in the UK, the larva feeding on wild thyme Thymus sp. In Dorset, the species was always a rarity historically, being restricted to xerothermic short-sward unimproved grassland on chalk soil, a habitat which has largely disappeared under the plough since the Second World War. There are just two confirmed records post-1967: one from Bottlebush Down in 2003, and a second from Melbury Down in 2005.