top of page

White Plume Moth

pterophorus pendactyla

Dusk in June and July is the best time to see these delicate, fairy-like moths. They can sometimes also be spotted in broad daylight, sipping nectar from flowers.

The White Plume is the largest of the plume moths and lives on dry grassland, where its caterpillars overwinter and feed on bindweed - one of the few advantages of having this pernicious weed in the garden!

The pure white moth has a span of 26-34 mm and its wings are divided into several 'fingers', each of which is finely feathered or plumed. 


Screen Shot 2019-05-31 at 20.27.53.png
© Quartl

To Learn More

Visit Butterfly Conservation's site.

Copyright © Karen Meadows 2018 

bottom of page