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45.006 ~ 1502 ~ Platyptilia isodactylus
UK Status

Resident. Local and scattered distribution, found in the southern counties of England and Wales, also in northern Scotland.

Montgomeryshire Status

First recorded in 2010 at Commins Coch in the west of the county. A new record for north Wales.

Wingspan :   M & F, 19-29mm.

Confusion species

Fairly distinctive.
Flight time & Voltinity (Bivoltine)


Marshy and wet places.


Marsh ragwort.

Lifestage data

Spinning/stem miner. Eggs laid on foodplant. Larva feeds in spun top shoots and later mines a stem. Pupates in the stem.
Montgomeryshire photos

Photo by PRW, 18th Sept 2010, Commins Coch