Pterophoridae
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Pterophoridae

22 species. Slender medium sized moths with delicate elongated legs and abdomen, readily recognised by having their wings cleft into lobes. All species in our area have the forewings divided into two and hindwings into three lobes. They rest with their wings held at right angles from the body and have a weak fluttering flight. Imagines fly in the evening and come to light and can sometimes be disturbed from vegetation in the day.

Their larvae are stout with tufts of short hairs and feed either exposed or in spinnings or internally in flowers, shoots, stems or seed heads of herbaceous plants. Some partially bite through a stem causing drooping of the shoot and then feed on the withered part. Pupae are usually also hairy and are often attached by a silken pad to a stem or leaf.

 Pterophorinae
45.004 1501 Platyptilia gonodactyla
Triangle Plume
45.006 1502 Platyptilia isodactylus
Hoary Plume
45.008 1504 Gillmeria pallidactyla
Yarrow Plume
45.009 1503 Gillmeria ochrodactyla
Tansy Plume
45.010 1497 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
Beautiful Plume
45.011 1498 Amblyptilia punctidactyla
Brindled Plume
45.012 1509 Stenoptilia pterodactyla
Brown Plume
45.013 1508 Stenoptilia bipunctidactyla
Twin-spot Plume
45.014 1508e Stenoptilia scabiodactylus
Gregson's Plume
45.019 1506 Stenoptilia millieridactyla
Saxifrage Plume
45.021 1507 Stenoptilia zophodactylus
Dowdy Plume
45.023 1495 Marasmarcha lunaedactyla
Crescent Plume
45.025 1490 Oxyptilus parvidactyla
Small Plume
45.027 1492 Oxyptilus laetus
Scarce Light Plume
45.028 1494 Capperia britanniodactylus
Wood-sage Plume
45.029 1493 Buckleria paludum
Sundew Plume
45.030 1513 Pterophorus pentadactyla
White Plume
45.031 1514 Porrittia galactodactyla
Spotted White Plume
45.033 1510 Merrifieldia leucodactyla
Thyme Plume
45.034 1512 Merrifieldia baliodactylus
Dingy White Plume
45.037 1523 Oidaematophorus lithodactyla
Dusky Plume
45.038 1522 Hellinsia tephradactyla
Plain Plume
45.039 1519 Hellinsia carphodactyla
Citron Plume
45.040 1518 Hellinsia lienigianus
Mugwort Plume
45.041 1520 Hellinsia osteodactylus
Small Golden-rod Plume
45.043 1517 Adaina microdactyla
Hemp-agrimony Plume
45.044 1524 Emmelina monodactyla
Common Plume
   

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