The Moths of Suffolk
1288 Alucita hexadactyla, Twenty-plume Moth, Linnaeus, 1758

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 1)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Gardens and woodland

Flight Period : Double-brooded mainly; March to May and July to September, but may occur in almost any month

Morley's Final Catalogue : The twenty Plume occurs everywhere among honeysuckle and is always present at Monks Soham and Ipswich lights; frequently found hibernating indoors.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 14-16mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Eye, Suffolk (5.x.2005) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (iv.2004) © Neil Sherman
VC25 Gorleston, Suffolk (25.iv.2010) © Brian Jones
Ipswich, Suffolk (23.v.2012) © A Prichard
 
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Larva found on Honeysuckle buds. - Ipswich, Suffolk (24.v.2014) © Neil Sherman
Larval feeding signs found on Honeysuckle flowers. - Ipswich, Suffolk (24.v.2014) © Neil Sherman