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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Common and fairly widespread resident.

Local Record: Grade 1   See here for explanation

Flight time: Recorded all months, two generations, Mar-Jun, and Jul-Sep.

Forewing: 7-8mm.

Foodplant: Honeysuckle.

Regional breakdown:

Year first recorded19911883188318831883
Year last recorded20152014201420152015
Number of records359426119353569
Number of individuals3857322623887101
Unique positions453949899
Unique locations433949888
Adult records359424118950168
Immature records00020

For the county, we have a total of 2582 records from 227 sites. First recorded in 1883.


44.001 Alucita hexadactyla (Twenty-plume Moth) 05
© Colin Duke All Rights Reserved 2019 (C)
44.001 Alucita hexadactyla (Twenty-plume Moth) 04
© Andy Nunn
44.001 Alucita hexadactyla (Twenty-plume Moth) 03
© John Edwards
44.001 Alucita hexadactyla (Twenty-plume Moth) 02
© Ian Andrews
44.001 Alucita hexadactyla  (Twenty-plume Moth) 01
© Charles Fletcher, 21 May 2001

Species Account

Sutton & Beaumont, 1989: Evidently widely distributed at the time of Porritt's lists (1883-86, 1907), it was seldom recorded during the middle years of the present [20th] century. Since 1980 it has occurred much more frequently and although still local there are records from all five vice-counties.

Beaumont, 2002: Has continued to increase in frequency and is now recorded widely throughout all five vice-counties.

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