Plume Moth
( Pterophoridae )


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

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Holometabola
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Pterophoridae
Taxon Code:LEP01043
ITIS/TSN:117852

LOCATION DETAILS
Location Name
Palo Alto, Palo Alto, 179 Cowper St, Palo Alto
County:Palo Alto County
ECI Site#:CA43110000

RECOGNITION
Description
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.
Diversity
147 species in 26 genera in North America.
Child Taxa
A distinctive family of moths, but difficult to identify to genus or species.

BIOLOGY
Food
Larvae are leafrollers or stem borers of various herbaceous plants. Adults feed on nectar/pollen of various herbaceous plants.
Habitat
Adults are commonly found on flowers of herbaceous plants during the day, but are also nocturnal and come to light.
Distribution
Most of North America, and many other regions of the world.
Diversity
147 species in 26 genera in North America.
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.

CREDITS
Photographer
Erica Strand

References
Family Pterophoridae - Plume Moths. (bugguide.net/node/view/4561). Accessed July 16, 2016. .
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