Plumed Prominent

Ptilophora plumigera


Species Codes

B&F 2013 RES 71.024

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Species Account

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). ""


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


Field Maple (Acer campestre)

Record Verification

Grade 1 adults are generally distinctive and unlikely to be confused with other species, but records outside documented range or flight period may require photos.


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Reporting Rate

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