The Moths of Suffolk
1504 Platyptilia pallidactyla, (Haworth, 1811)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Local, primarily in the Brecks

Habitats : Grassland

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-June to early August

Larval foodplants : Yarrow (Achillea), possibly Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Somewhat local among Achillea ptarmica, L., all over the County. Assington Thicks and Ipswich (Mly); Hemley (Wlr) and Orford (Gibbs) in 1903 (EMM. 1904, 80); not uncommon at Aldeburgh in 1892 and Southwold in 1897 (Ctw); Yoxford and elsewhere inland (Pyett); Kessingland and Lowestoft (Ctw), north denes at Gunton in 1898 (Mly). Brandon (South, Barrett).

Wingspan details : Wingspan 23-27mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultPlatyptilia ochrodactyla

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Iken Cliff, Suffolk (30.vi.2008) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Kullbery, Insh, Inverness-shire (24.vii.2011) © Neil Sherman
Mating pair, found by day - Levington creek, Suffolk (21.vii.2012) © Neil Sherman
Woolpit, Suffolk (22.viii.2015) © Paul Bryant
 
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Ipswich, Suffolk (17.vi.2017) © Paul Kitchener