Platyptilia calodactyla
Platyptilia calodactyla
Adult • ex. Pupa on S. virgaurea, Lynmouth, N. Devon • © Bob Heckford

45.005 BF1500
Platyptilia calodactyla

([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

Wingspan 18-25 mm.

A relatively local species, distributed throughout much of England, but preferring coastal areas.

The adult moths are rather similar in appearance to 1501 P. gonodactyla, with a rather broad forewing and prominent costal triangle.

The larva feeds in a stem of goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea), sometimes causing wilting of the leaves. Pupating inside the stem, the adult moth emerges around June or July.
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