Dichrorampha aeratana
Dichrorampha aeratana
Adult • Dudley, West Midlands • © Patrick Clement

49.311 BF1287

Dichrorampha aeratana

(Pierce & Metcalfe, 1915)

Wingspan c. 14mm.

Several of the Dichrorampha species are very alike in outward appearance, and it is often necessary, as with the present species, to examine the genitalia to be sure of identification.

In particular confusion of this species with D. plumbana has led to uncertainty to its exact distribution, though it is relatively common in parts of southern England, while having been recorded northwards to Scotland, and in Ireland.

The larva feeds internally in the rootstock of oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare), and adult moths fly in May and June.
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