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Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Nationally Scarce B

Local Status: Very rare, no recent record.

Local Record: Grade 4   See here for explanation

Flight time:

Forewing: 7-12mm.

Foodplant: Not proved to breed in Britain.

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 recorded18841884
Year last recorded19461946
Number of records24
Number of individuals24
Unique positions24
Unique locations24
Adult records00
Immature records00

For the region, we have a total of 4 records from 4 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1884.


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© Julian Francis

Species Account

Davey, P., 2020: Breckland Plume Crombrugghia distans: A very rare species restricted to the Breck district in East Anglia and a few coastal localities in Kent, the larva feeding mainly on smooth hawk’s-beard Crepis capillaris and reported on mouse-ear hawkweed Pilosella officinarum. In Dorset, there are just two historic records for this species, one from Parley in 1946 (Scarsdale-Brown, S. C.), and a second from Studland in 1884 (Bankes, E. R.), both localities potentially hosting the foodplants and thus this Plume species.

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