Platyptilia isodactylus (Zeller, 1852)

hoary plume

on Jacobaea, Senecio


After living free for a short while at the underside of the rosette leaves the larva becomes a stem borer. Several stems are dealt with successively, frass is ejected through the entrance opening. Bored stems often strongly curve, they are stunted and parts above the feeding often die off. Two generations, pupation usually in the gallery.


Asteraceae, narrowly oligophagous

Jacobaea aquatica, vulgaris; Senecio nemorensis, sarracenicus.

Hart (2011a) mentions Jacobaea aquatica only.


Mining larvae in May – July (Hering, 1957a).


BE not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

NE recorded (Kuchlein & de Vos, 1999a;, 2010).

LUX not recorded (Fauna Europaea, 2010).

distribution within Europe

From Norway to Spain and from Ireland to Germany; also in Romania (Fauna Europaea, 2010).


See Patočka & Turčáni (2005a).


Buhr (1937a, 1965a), Dauphin & Aniotsbehere (1997a), Gielis (1996a), Gielis, Huisman, Kuchlein ao (1985a), Hart (2011a), Hering (1957a), Houard (1909a [“isodactyla”]), Kuchlein & Donner (1993a), Kuchlein & de Vos (1999a), Nel (1996a), Patočka & Turčáni (2005a), Redfern & Shirley (2011a), Robbins (1991a), Roskam (2009a), Szőcs (1977a).

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