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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: Jun-Jul.

Forewing: 12-17mm.

Foodplant: Bindweed.

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 recorded193619991936
Year last recorded201020102010
Number of records21415458
Number of individuals32915688
Unique positions996210
Unique locations856182
Adult records19415418
Immature records204

For the region, we have a total of 458 records from 182 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1936.


1513 White Plume Moth 03
© Will Bown
1513 White Plume Moth 02
© Julian Francis
1513 Pterophorus pentadactyla 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

Davey, P., 2020: White Plume Pterophorus pentadactyla: A widespread and often common species in the UK, the larva feeding on convolvulus Calystegia sepium and bindweed Convolvulus arvensis. In Dorset, the moth is found commonly throughout the county, especially in urban habitat, on waste ground, on unimproved dry grassland on alkaline soils, and in wetlands.

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