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Hellinsia tephradactyla (Hübner, [1813])
previously: Euleioptilus tephradactyla (Hübner, 1813)

(Plain Plume)
45.0380 (B&F: 1522)

»Suborder: Glossata
 »Superfamily: Pterophoroidea
  »Family: Pterophoridae
   »Subfamily: Pterophorinae
    »Tribe: Hypercalliini

Status and ecology:

National Status: Nationally Scarce B

The first record came from Plashett Wood on 3rd June 1865. In the last half of the 19th century it was sometimes plentiful in the far east of the county. Further sites associated with golden rod were identified at Guestling (1869), Battle, Abbot's Wood, Ditchling Common (1905) and in the Hazelmere district (1913). A colony was found at Vert Wood between the wars and was last seen there on 13th June 1953. The first West Sussex record of a singleton at Balcombe on 20th June 1955. The only modern records are at Beckley on 20th June 1961 and 19th June 1978 and where three larvae were recorded in late May 1991 and 1993. A singleton was recorded in Fernhurst on 24th July 2005. (Pratt, 2011)

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Distribution map for Euleioptilus tephradactyla

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