Main: (Pterophoridae / Pterophorinae)
45.025 [B&F: 1490] Small Plume (Oxyptilus parvidactyla) (Haworth, 1811)


Local, on heaths, dry pastures and chalk downland, throughout the British Isles. In Hampshire, locally common on unspoilt downland, but not recorded recently from the Isle of Wight. Wingspan 13-18mm. Difficult to differentiate from other Oxyptilus, unless reared from the host plant or via dissection. A diurnal moth, and can be seen in afternoon sunshine, until dusk. The flight period is June to July. Larva feeds on Mouse-ear Hawkweed, living within a spun or rolled leaf.

Flightime guide

Records Received By Year

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Percentage of Total Records

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Phenology - Adult Records

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Distribution Map

Historical distribution at tetrad resolution
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Record Density

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Detail records

VC10 Isle of Wight
Ventnor (SZ57)1856-IWNHSAdult
Sandown (SZ58)1856-IWNHSAdult
Ventnor (SZ57)1880-SouthAdult
VC11 South Hampshire
Portsdown (SU60)13-Jul-1972oneElse, GRAdult
Oxenbourne Down (SU71)14-Jul-1972oneElse, GRAdult
Oxenbourne Down (SU71)26-May-1973oneDickson, RJAdult
Oxenbourne Down (SU71)25-May-1974oneDickson, RJAdult
Oxenbourne Down (SU71)01-Jun-1974oneDickson, RJAdult
Portsdown (SU60)18-Jul-1981-Langmaid, JRAdult
Broughton Down (SU23)03-Jul-1983-Langmaid, JR; Sterling, DHAdult
Oxenbourne Down (SU71)06-Jul-1985-Langmaid, JRAdult
Fareham (SU50)03-Aug-2014oneWheeler, KAdult
Portsdown (SU60)24-Jun-2015threeLangmaid, JR; Young, MRAdult
Portsdown (SU60)04-Jun-2016oneLangmaid, JR; Young, MRAdult
VC12 North Hampshire
Micheldever (SU54)1971-Ffennell, DWH-
Leckford (SU33)29-Jun-1986-Langmaid, JR; Sterling, DH; Sterling, PH; Parsons, MSAdult
Micheldever (SU54)07-Jul-2006oneWall, MJ; Cross, AMAdult
Weston Colley (SU53)02-Jul-2010oneGreen, DGAdult
Old Burghclere (SU45)30-May-2012oneDennis, GJAdult
Old Burghclere (SU45)09-Jun-2012oneBarrett, SAdult

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