Main: (Pterophoridae / Pterophorinae)
45.021 [B&F: 1507] Dowdy Plume (Stenoptilia zophodactylus) (Duponchel, 1840)


Local on sea cliffs, dry grassland and sand-dunes throughout much of England. In Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight has been recorded in the past from all three vice-counties, but there are no recent records from north Hampshire, and the species is probably under-recorded in the south and on the Island. Wingspan 16-23 mm. Larva feeds on flowers and seeds of Centaury, Yellow-wort and Gentian.

Flightime guide

Records Received By Year

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Percentage of Total Records

Total records
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Phenology - Adult Records

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Phenology - Larval Records

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Distribution Map

Historical distribution at tetrad resolution
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Record Density

As above but the larger the symbol, the greater the number of records
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Detail records

VC10 Isle of Wight
Ventnor (SZ57)1856-IWNHSAdult
Ventnor (SZ57)1880-SouthAdult
Yarmouth (SZ38)1900-Fassnidge, WAdult
Sandown (SZ58)1924-Wakely, SAdult
Whippingham (SZ59)1924-Wakely, SAdult
Cranmore (SZ38)1930-Lobb, JAdult
Newport (SZ59)19-Aug-1934oneWakely, SAdult
Freshwater (SZ38)1951oneBlair, Dr K.G.Adult
Freshwater (SZ38)18-Oct-1997oneKnill-Jones, SAAdult
Totland (SZ38)15-Aug-2003oneKnill-Jones, SAAdult
Brook Down Quarry (SZ38)12-Jul-2017oneBarden, PAdult
VC11 South Hampshire
Oxenbourne Down (SU71)09-Jul-1973tenDickson, RJAdult
Oxenbourne Down (SU71)25-Jul-1973twoDickson, RJAdult
Beaulieu Road, NF (SU30)19-Sep-1980oneLangmaid, JR; Heckford, RJAdult
West Wood, Sparsholt (SU42)27-Sep-1980threeLangmaid, JR; Sterling, PHAdult
West Wood, Sparsholt (SU42)25-Jul-1981twoLangmaid, JR; Sterling, DHAdult
West Wood, Sparsholt (SU42)31-Aug-1981-Langmaid, JR; Sterling, DHLarval
Hilsea Lines, Portsmouth (SU60)14-Sep-1997oneLangmaid, JR; Emmet, AMAdult
Dur Hill Down (SU10)11-Oct-1997oneChainey, JAdult
Dur Hill Down (SU10)11-Oct-1997oneChainey, JLarval
Dur Hill Down (SU10)12-Oct-1998oneChainey, JAdult
Stoke, Hayling (SU70)02-Sep-2002oneLangmaid, JR; Elliott, BAdult
Browndown (SZ59)09-Oct-2005oneLangmaid, JR; Dickson, RJ; Elliott, BAdult
Browndown (SZ59)28-Oct-2005oneWheeler, KAdult
Southsea (SZ69)29-Jul-2006oneLangmaid, JRAdult
Southsea (SZ69)03-Aug-2006oneLangmaid, JRAdult
Old Winchester Hill (SU62)13-Jun-2014oneOpie, MAdult
Ashlett Creek (SU40)21-Jul-2014twoChainey, J; Spence, JAdult
Holbury (SU40)21-Jul-2014oneChainey, J; Spence, JAdult
Horsea Island (SU60)17-Oct-2017oneOpie, MAdult
VC12 North Hampshire
Eelmoor Marsh SSSI (SU85)21-Jul-2011oneMontegriffo, NJAdult
Stockbridge Down (SU33)09-Sep-2011oneLangmaid, JR; Elliott, BAdult

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