Platyptilia tesseradactyla (Linnaeus, 1761)

irish plume

on Asteraceae: Gnaphalieae


“…occasionally mining a leaf” (Hart, 2011a); how the mine looks like is not indicated. Pupation external.

host plants

Asteraceae, oligophagous

Antennaria dioica; Gnaphalium; Helichrysum arenarium.


The eggs hatch around mid June; two or three weeks later the larva descends from the inflorescence down the the basal rosette, and then could make a mine. The species is univoltine.


Not known from the Benelux countries (Fauna Europaea, 2012).

distribution within Europe

Almost all of Europe, but not known from Britain, the Benelux, and the Balkan peninsula (Fauna Europaea, 2012).


Head, thoracic feet and anal plate black; dull red with a red dorsal length line and an equally red irregular pair of lateral lines.


Baldizzone (2008a), Fazekas (1993a), Hart (2011a), Nel (1996a).

mod 4.iii.2019