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Genus Stenoptilodes

Stenoptilodes Plume Moth - Stenoptilodes 6122 - Stenoptilodes brevipennis - female Hodges #6122 - Stenoptilodes brevipennis - Stenoptilodes brevipennis - female Stenoptilodes taprobanes - Stenoptilodes Plume Moth - Stenoptilodes Stenoptilodes brevipennis or taprobanes - Stenoptilodes Stenoptilodes taprobanes - female
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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Pterophoroidea (Plume Moths)
Family Pterophoridae (Plume Moths)
Subfamily Pterophorinae (Five-lobed Plume Moths)
Tribe Platyptiliini
Genus Stenoptilodes
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
S. crenulata is a synonym of S. brevipennis
S. antirrhina and S. brevipennis were formerly placed in genus Platyptilia
several other species formerly placed in Stenoptilodes are now placed in Paraplatyptilia
3 species in North America: antirrhina, brevipennis, taprobranes, the first two of which are listed at All-Leps
Adult: regarding S. brevipennis and taprobanes, Debbie Matthews writes: "Males you really have to dissect. Females you can look for lateral scale tufts near the genital opening (ventral) to distinguish brevipennis from taprobanes."
As of April 2006, no information could be found on the Internet to distinguish this genus from other genera of plume moths.
represented throughout much of United States and southern Canada
S. antirrhina: [Snapdragon Plume Moth] California, and southeastern greenhouses that have received cuttings of snapdragon from California
S. brevipennis: much of United States and southern Canada
S. taprobanes: recently introduced from the neotropics (?) into Texas and perhaps other areas of United States (?)
adults are weak fliers and usually remain on or near the host plant; they are most active during early evening
larvae of S. antirrhina feed on snapdragon
in North America, larvae of S. taprobanes may feed on snapdragon (Antirrhinum spp.), Wild Basil (Clinopodium vulgare), blueberry (Vaccinium spp.), Spreading Sneezeweed (Centipeda minima), and spur flower (Plectranthus spp.)
Life Cycle
The following refers to S. antirrhina:
Eggs are deposited singly any place on the plants, but are usually laid on newly forming flowers or on the underside of leaves of terminal young growth. Hatching occurs in 2 to 3 weeks. Young larvae mine in leaves and later burrow into the stem, petioles, flowers, or seed pods. It takes 3 to 5 weeks for the larvae to develop through four instars. The caterpillars emerge to form pupae that hang upside down on the plant. Overwinters as an adult.
[text by North Carolina State U.]
page creation based on Debbie Matthews' identification of this image as Stenoptilodes sp.
Internet References
live adult image of S. taprobanes by Claire Currie, Texas (Moth Photographers Group)
live larva and adult images of S. taprobanes, plus foodplants in Australia (Don Herbison-Evans and Debbie Matthews, U. of Sydney, Australia)
drawing of adult S. antirrhina, plus distribution, host plant, biology (North Carolina State U.)
distribution and foodplants of S. taprobanes (Markku Savela, FUNET)
presence in Ontario of S. brevipennis (NHIC; Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources)

Wonderful page
Great information on this moth. Since I have snapdragons I would guess this is why I have the moth. Great job Robin on the creation of this info page.
Carla Finley
Venice, FL

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