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Platyptilia gonodactyla

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)1501 / 45.004

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Quite frequent, though known from only Hacheston (Hkr) before 1890. Abundant among Tussilago in Somerleyton Brick-field in both June and August (D); at light in Fritton and Monks Soham, &c. (Mly). Bawdsey in 1932 (Wir).

Recent Status: A well recorded species across Suffolk but not especially common.

Life Style: A double brooded species that has been recorded from May to October. The larvae feed on Tussilago and Petasites hybridus.

Identification: The moth has a bold dark triangle on the costa just before the cleft. The third lobe of the hindwing has a long scale tooth around the centre of the third lobe. More Info
The larvae initially mine the leaves. In summer they window the leaves from the underside. The autumn larvae feed in the stem and overwinter in the rootstock, then in spring feed on seeds and buds.

Recorded in 25 (43%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1932.
Last Recorded in 2023.
Additional Stats

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Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
29/07/2023125TM35 - Snape/Tunstall
18/07/2023125TM23 - Felixstowe/Landguard Point
10/06/2023125TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
21/08/2022126TL86 - Bury St Edmunds
16/08/2022125TM58 - Carlton Colville/Kessingland
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Wingspan: 22-28mm.
Flight: Two Generations. May-Jun. Aug-Sep.
Foodplant:   Coltsfoot, Butter-bur.
Nat Status: Common
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
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