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.
Foodplant: Common Fleabane.
|Year first recorded||1831||1831|
|Year last recorded||2010||2010|
|Number of records||56||112|
|Number of individuals||163||326|
For the region, we have a total of 112 records from 78 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1831.
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.