The Moths of Suffolk
2013 Plumed Prominent, Ptilophora plumigera, (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

National Status : Notable Na

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 3)

Distribution and abundance : Scarce

Habitats : Woodland and hedgerows on chalky soils

Flight Period : Single-brooded; November to mid-December, single late record in February

Larval foodplants : Field Maple

Records : Monks Eleigh (A Watchman, 1997 - 2002), Bull's Cross Wood (A Watchman. i.1986), Priestley Wood (A Prichard & G Bull, 14.ii.1999; SMG, 21.xi.2002), Groton Wood (SMG, 26.xi.1999, xi.2006 & 14.xi.2008), S Read & D Underwood, 11.xi.2001, S Read, 14.xi.2004), Offton Middle Wood (SMG, 24.xi.2000), Lineage Wood (SMG, larva 9.vi.2001, larvae 25.v.2003), Bonny Wood (SMG, 16.xi.2002), Milden (A Prichard & N Sherman, larva 7.vi.2003)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Not listed as Suffolk in Morley, deemed to be a south-westerly species

Aston's Additions : Mr. E. W. Platten discovered the species at Needham Market on 10.xi.1937 when he found a male at light (Trans. S.N.S., Vol. III, p. 295). It is now the object of pilgrimages to Barking Woods but in fact it has been found in several woods on the boulder-clay.

Wingspan details : Forewing 16-19mm, Wingspan 33-44mm

Identification

Confusion species : None


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Groton Wood, Suffolk (16.xi.2006) © K Talby

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Groton wood, Suffolk (xi.2008) © Neil Sherman
Lineage Wood (25.v.2003) © A Prichard
Beaten from Field Maple (on chalk) - Milden, Suffolk (vi.2003) © N Sherman
 
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Lineage Wood, Suffolk (13.vi.2010) © A Prichard
Female - Groton Wood, Suffolk (13.xi.2013) © Neil Sherman
Ex ova laid by female trapped 2013 - Groton Wood, Suffolk (v.2014) © Neil Sherman
 
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Groton Wood, Suffolk (22.xi.2014) © Neil Sherman
Close-up of head showing antennae - Groton Wood, Suffolk (22.xi.2014) © Neil Sherman