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Stenoptilia zophodactylus
Dowdy Plume (Duponchel, 1840)
Pterophoridae: Pterophorinae
1507 / 45.021
Photo © Dave Appleton,  21/05/2017 - Burnham Overy Dunes - male (gen det) - very early!

Similar Norfolk Species
Twin-spot Plume
Stenoptilia bipunctidactyla
Brown Plume
Stenoptilia pterodactyla
Wingspan: 16-23mm.
Flight: Two overlapping generations July - Sept.
Foodplant:   Centaury, yellow-wort and gentians.
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
Norfolk Status
One of several very similar moths which can be difficult to separate.
Only British member of the genus with white legs, but can easily be mistaken for a faded specimen of the common Stenoptilia bipunctidactyla.
Sea-cliffs, sandhills, grassland
and other chalky or dry pastures.

Recent records at Leziate, 2003; Horsey, 2003; Hindolveston, 2005; Winterton Dunes, 2008.

Recorded in 15 (20%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1873.
Last Recorded in 2021.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
13/06/2021128TL79 - Methwold/Foulden
07/08/2020128TF62 - King's Lynn/Dersingham
23/07/2020228TF84 - Burnham/Holkham
23/06/2020127TG10 - Wymondham/Cringleford
01/09/2019128TF63 - Snettisham/Dersingham
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