Cnaemidophorus rhododactyla
Cnaemidophorus rhododactyla
Adult • © Bryon Pateman

45.022 BF1496
Cnaemidophorus rhododactyla

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Wingspan 18-26 mm.

A scarce and local species in the British Isles, occurring only in South-east England.

Flying in July and August, the moths are quite sluggish by day and difficult to disturb, but can be attracted to light after dark. It is one of the more distinctively-marked plume moths.

The larvae feed on rose (Rosa spp.), particularly dog-rose (R. canina), initially on the developing leaves and later also on the flower buds and flowers themselves. The larvae hatch in the autumn and overwinter when small, probably inside a stem. They recommence feeding in May and June.
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