Plume Moth
( Pterophoridae )


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PHOTO COMMENT

IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Pterophoridae
(Zeller, 1841)
Common Name:Plume Moth
Life Stage:I

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Holometabola
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Pterophoridae
Taxon Code:LEP00037
ITIS TSN#:117852

LOCATION DETAILS
Location
The Meadow, Joaquin Miller Park, 3590 Sanborn Drive, Oakland
County:Alameda County
ECI Site#:CA01100147

RECOGNITION
Adult - Wings: Very slender, held at right-angles to body when at rest, giving a T-shaped profile as viewed from above; forewing outer margin deeply notched; hindwing has three deep lobes, often fringed, held concealed beneath forewing when at rest. Legs: Long, slender (hind tibia two to three times longer than femur), sometimes with projecting spines at joints. Abdomen: Terga 2 and 3 generally elongated. Larva - Usually hairy or bristly, variously colored.
Wingspan
13-41 mm.

BIOLOGY
Food
Larvae are leafrollers or stem borers of various herbaceous plants. Adults feed on nectar/pollen of various herbaceous plants.
Flight Period
In California, adults fly from spring through fall.
Development
Some species overwinter as adults, so may be found in early spring. Many species form a naked pupa attached by a cremaster to a surface, much like that of some butterflies. A few species form partial cocoons. One to several generations per year.
Distribution
Most of North America, and many other regions of the world.

HABITAT
Adults are commonly found on flowers of herbaceous plants during the day, but are also nocturnal and come to light.

CREDITS
Photographer
Eddie Dunbar

REFERENCES
  • Family Pterophoridae - Plume Moths. (bugguide.net/node/view/4561). Accessed July 16, 2016. [ IMAGES ]
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System TSN#117852


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