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Emmelina monodactyla
Common Plume (Linnaeus, 1758)
Pterophoridae: Pterophorinae
1524 / 45.044
Photo © Stephen Youngs,  05/08/2015 - Hethersett

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Similar Species: None
Wingspan: 18-27mm.
Flight: Any time of the year.
Foodplant:   bindweed (Convolvulus)
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
Status
Widespread and common.
Wings vary from off-white to light brown, usually dusted with darker scales. Only the outer third of each wing is split into plumes, but wings so tightly rolled at rest that they look solid. A dark central spot on the forewing usually visible.

Note: The very similar Emmelina argoteles (Meyrick) was discovered at Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire in 2005 (Higgott, 2006) being new to Britain. Is is suggested this species is restricted to wetland habitats and associated with Hedge Bindweed. This species could occur in the Broads? Examination of the genitalia is critical for separation.

Recorded in 66 (89%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1873.
Last Recorded in 2024.

Latest 10 Records
Date#VC10kArea
01/04/2024128TF51Walpole Highway
01/04/2024127TG10Cringleford (UEA)
01/04/2024128TF62King's Lynn
31/03/2024327TG10Cringleford (UEA)
30/03/2024128TF63Hunstanton
30/03/2024128TL79Cranwich
30/03/2024228TF63Snettisham
29/03/2024128TF90Watton
29/03/2024128TF63Heacham
29/03/2024128TM09Great Ellingham
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