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45.023 ~ 1495 ~ Marasmarcha lunaedactyla ~ Crescent Plume
UK Status

Resident. A widespread and fairly common species found in the southern half of Britain.

Montgomeryshire Status

This species was first recorded in 2013 at Derwenlas in the far west of the county.

Wingspan :   M & F 18-22mm.

Confusion species

Flight time & Voltinity (Univoltine)


Downland, beaches and sand dunes.


Common rest-harrow and spiny rest-harrow.

Lifestage data

Eggs laid on foodplant. Larva lives and feeds within folded shoots. Pupates attached to a leaf by a silken girdle.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by AT, 23rd July 2013, Derwenlas