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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Local

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 3   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Aug.

Forewing: 13-15mm.

Foodplant: Common Fleabane.

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 recorded18311831
Year last recorded20102010
Number of records56112
Number of individuals163326
Unique positions3774
Unique locations3978
Adult records3672
Immature records36

For the region, we have a total of 112 records from 78 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1831.


1523 Oidaematophorus lithodactyla 04
© Julian Francis
1523 Oidaematophorus lithodactyla 03  NB pointed ends of wings
© Julian Francis, 14 July 2020 ID conf by Phil Sterling
1523 Oidaematophorus lithodactyla 02 ID conf. P Sterling
© Julian Francis, 14 Jul 2020
1523 Oidaematophorus lithodactyla 01
© Chris Manley, 9 Jul 2005

Species Account

Davey, P., 2020: Dusky Plume Oidaematophorus lithodactyla: Restricted to England, being more frequent in the south of the country, the larva feeding on common fleabane Pulicaria dysenterica and ploughman’s spikenard Inula conyzae. In Dorset, the moth is widespread and tends to occupy two distinct biotypes: unimproved dry grassland on alkaline soil where ploughman’s spikenard grows, and damp grassland, undercliff and heathland edges where common fleabane occurs.

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