The Moths of Suffolk
1513 Pterophorus pentadactyla, White Plume Moth, (Linnaeus, 1758)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : Fens, grassland, scrub and woodland

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

Larval foodplants : bindweed (Convolvulus)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Abundant among convolvulus everywhere, from Shotley to Gorleston; bred at Ipswich in 1894; frequent at Monks Soham light in July.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 24-35mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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North Cove, Suffolk (23.vi.2006) © A Prichard

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Ipswich, Suffolk (vi.2006) © Neil Sherman