Dichrorampha plumbagana
Dichrorampha plumbagana
Adult • London Wetland Centre, Barnes; May • © Martin Honey

49.322 BF1276

Dichrorampha plumbagana

(Treitschke, 1830)

Wingspan c. 12 mm.

This fairly common species is distributed over much of the British Isles, becoming less common in the far north.

It has a fairly distinctive appearance caused by pale tips to the scales, which creates a kind of finely speckled effect; otherwise it is relatively plain brownish in appearance with silvery-grey striations toward the rear.

The larvae feed on yarrow (Achillea millefolium), and in common with many in this group, feed internally in the lower stems and the roots.

Adults can be found in June, and are often on the wing in the afternoon, particularly when it is sunny.
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