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Alucita hexadactyla Linnaeus, 1758

Twenty-plume Moth
44.0010 (B&F: 1288)

Synonym(s):
Alucita polydactyla Hübner, [1813]
Alucita poecilodactyla Stephens, 1835


»Suborder: Glossata
  »Superfamily: Alucitoidea
    »Family: Alucitidae
      »Subfamily: Gelechiinae
        »Tribe: Hypercalliini

Common

An episodic resident that is sometimes fairly common to common at dusk in gardens and around hedges that hold honeysuckle. At the present time this moth is as high or higher in numbers than any time in history. It is single-brooded, flying mainly from early July to late September and again after hibernation from late March to early June. The larvae feed on honeysuckle, mainly on the flowers. (Pratt, 2011).

Alucita hexadactyla Linnaeus, 1758
Newhaven Fort tunnels, 15 xii 2015
Photo: Steven Teale
Alucita hexadactyla Linnaeus, 1758
On Peacock butterfly
Long Wood, 14 xii 2018
Photo: Heather Martin
Alucita hexadactyla Linnaeus, 1758
Lindfield, 18 iii 2010
Photo: Bob Foreman
Alucita hexadactyla Linnaeus, 1758
Peacehaven, 16 vii 2006
Photo: Adrian Thomas

Distribution at 1km scale

Phenology (adult)

No larval records

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