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Kent Moth Group


Plumed Prominent

Ptilophora plumigera

Family: Notodontidae

RES: 71.024 B&F: 2013

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This species flight time is very late in the year, being on the wing in November and December.
The name derives from the fact that males have very obviously feathered antennae. Males are far more frequent at light than females. 
It is scarce and locally distributed on predominantly chalky ground, where the larvae feed mainly on Field Maple (Acer campestre). 

Habitat: Predominantly in woodland on downland and areas of chalk across East and West Kent where Field Maple occurs. Older trees seem to be favoured.

Flight Season: Mostly in November - December with a few older records in Kent from late October.

Foodplant: Field Maple (Acer campestre)

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The graph below shows at which time of the year Plumed Prominent (Ptilophora plumigera) can be expected to be recorded in Kent. Hover over the graph to see exact figures for each period of the year, and use the controls below to filter by VC and time span:

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Reporting Rate

The graph below shows how the number of records submitted Plumed Prominent (Ptilophora plumigera) to the Kent database has varied since 1950. Hover over the graph to see exact figures for each year, and use the control below to filter by a certain VC.

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