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Oidaematophorus lithodactyla
Dusky Plume (Treitschke, 1833)
Pterophoridae: Pterophorinae
1523 / 45.037
Photo © Patrick Clement,  Ex larva on common fleabane, Pulicaria dysenterica, Uffmoor Wood, Worcestershire.

Similar West Midlands Species: None
Wingspan: 26-29mm.
Flight: July - September
Foodplant:   Common fleabane, ploughman's spikenard.
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2

Uncommon resident of dry calcareous banks and wet fields, woodland rides and commons.

Inula conyza, Pulicaria dysenterica with larva feeding in May/June, first in the shoots, and then exposed on the leaves, skeletonising them.

Recorded in 31 (22%) of 140 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1867.
Last Recorded in 2020.
(Data up to end 2020)

Latest 5 Records (Data up to end 2020)
Date#VC10k Area
19/08/2020136SO51 - Doward & Goodrich
11/08/2020137SO66 - Upper Sapey & Newnham Bridge
29/05/2019137SO98 - Dudley/Saltwells Wood
28/05/2019137SO73 - Ledbury & Eastnor
04/07/2018137SO85 - Worcester
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