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Oxyptilus distans
Breckland Plume (Zeller, 1847)
Pterophoridae: Pterophorinae
1491 / 45.026
Photo © Matthew Casey,  Costessey 18/05/11

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Oxyptilus laetus
Wingspan: 15-22mm.
Flight: Two Generations. May-Jun. Jul-Aug.
Foodplant:   hawk-beards, hawkweeds and sow-thistles.
Nat Status: Nationally Scarce B
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
Norfolk Status
Local, records from Brecks and North Norfolk coast.
Grassland habitats.

C. Barrett [VCH 1901] "Oxyptilus distans, Z. Merton, Thetford, Brandon, Swaffham ; principally upon the' Breck-sand ' ; little known elsewhere in the United Kingdom"

Species originally recorded as Oxypilus laetus by Barret. Changed to O. Distans c1883 after correspondence with Prof. Zeller and by comparison with authentic specimens.

Recorded in 25 (36%) of 69 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1883.
Last Recorded in 2020.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
30/06/2020128TF74 - Holme/Titchwell
17/06/2020128TF64 - Hunstanton
17/06/2020128TL98 - Brettenham/Harling
26/05/2020328TF74 - Holme/Titchwell
26/05/2020228TL79 - Methwold/Foulden
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