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Plume moth - Pterophoridae
Plume moth - Pterophoridae


Plume moths
The plume moths (Pterophoridae) are a family of small lepidopterans, belonging to the moths. Plume moths are very similar in appearance to many-plumed moths (Alucitidae) and are often confused with them. They resemble a feather or a small branch.
Plume moth - Pterophoridae - Emmelina monodactyla - back view
Plume moth - Pterophoridae - Emmelina monodactyla - back view
There are about 600 different species of plume moths worldwide, around 50 of which can be found in Central Europe. Some examples of species of plume moths are: Pterophorus pentadactyla, Emmelina monodactyla, Platyptilia carduidactyla and Platyptilia percnodactyla. Due to their characteristic appearance, plume moths can be easily distinguished from other small lepidopterans.
Plume moth - Emmelina monodactyla
Plume moth - Emmelina monodactyla
Emmelina monodactyla - Plume moth
Emmelina monodactyla - Plume moth
Plume moths have wingspans of 25 - 40 mm. Their forewings and rear wings are divided into feathery, hairy lobes, 2 - 4 and 3 4 respectively. In resting position, the wings are folded together and protrude horizontally beyond the body. When at rest, plume moths resemble crane flies. Plume moths feed on different types of Convolvulaceae.

They can be encountered beside small paths and in areas with human settlements. Plume moths are active from May to September. Plume moth caterpillars have 16 feet and feed on the leaves and blossoms of herbaceous plants. They also live in the pith of various woody plants.

Genera128
Species2.866
Common namesPlume Moths, Pterophorid Moths
German namesFedermotten, Federgeistchen, Geistchen
Dutch namesVedermotten, Vedermotjes
Danish namesFjermøl
Finnish namesSulkaperhoset
Norwegian namesFjærmøll
Swedish namesFjädermott
AuthorZeller, 1841
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Links and ReferencesPterophoridae in bie.ala.org.au
Pterophoridae in afromoths.net
Pterophoridae in faunaeur.org
Pterophoridae in itis.gov
Pterophoridae in plumemoth.com
Pterophoridae in dyntaxa.se
Pterophoridae in Wikipedia (English)

Further chapters of "Plume moths"
- Morning-glory Plume Moth
- Thyme Plume
- Tamarisk Plume
- Twin-spot Plume
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1. Plume moth - Pterophoridae
2. Plume moth - Pterophoridae - Emmelina monodactyla - back view
3. Plume moth - Emmelina monodactyla
4. Emmelina monodactyla - Plume moth
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Taxonomy
ClassInsecta
Insects, True insects
SubclassPterygota
Winged insects
InfraclassNeoptera
Wing-folding insects
SuperorderHolometabola
Holometabolous Insects
OrderLepidoptera
Lepidopterans, Butterflies and Moths
SuborderGlossata
InfraorderHeteroneura
DivisionDitrysia
Moths, Butterflies, Skippers
SectionTineina
SubsectionTineina
SuperfamilyPterophoroidea
FamilyPterophoridae
Plume Moths, Pterophorid Moths
AuthorZeller, 1841
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