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Emmelina monodactyla
Common Plume (Linnaeus, 1758)
Pterophoridae: Pterophorinae
1524 / 45.044
Photo © Martin Rejzek,  19/02/2021 - Thorpe Hamlet, Norwich

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Similar Norfolk Species: None
Wingspan: 18-27mm.
Flight: Any time of the year.
Foodplant:   bindweed (Convolvulus)
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
Norfolk 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. We have searched for this species at various wetland areas around Broadland and the Waveney Valley without success. Examination of the genitalia is critical for separation.

Recorded in 64 (93%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1873.
Last Recorded in 2021.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
14/07/2021128TF74 - Holme/Titchwell
14/07/20211227TG11 - Drayton/Swannington
14/07/2021227TG21 - N.Norwich/Spixworth
14/07/2021127TM29 - Newton Flotman/Hempnall
13/07/2021127TG00 - Runhall/Barnham Broom
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