The Moths of Suffolk
1501 Platyptilia gonodactyla, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Local

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local

Habitats : Roadsides, railway banks, hedgerows

Flight Period : Double-brooded; May to June and August to September

Larval foodplants : Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara), possibly also on Butter-bur (Petasites)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Quite frequent, though known from only Hacheston (Hkr) before 1890. Abundant among Tussilago in Somerleyton Brick-field in both June and August (D); at light in Fritton and Monks Soham, &c. (Mly). Bawdsey in 1932 (Wlr).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 22-28mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultPlatyptilia calodactyla

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Belton, Suffolk (v.2005) © Neil Sherman

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Coltsfoot seed-head containing pupa - Levington (17.v.2005) © A Prichard
Coltsfoot seed-head containing pupa - Levington (17.v.2005) © A Prichard
Coltsfoot seed-head showing pupa within - Levington (17.v.2005) © A Prichard
 
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Levington (20.iv.2003) © A Prichard
Larva inside stem of Coltsfoot - Levington, Suffolk (22.iv.2006) © A Prichard
Beeley Moor, Derbyshire (30.viii.2009) © Lee Gregory