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Species Dejongia lobidactylus - Hodges#6102

Lobed Plume Moth, 6102 - Dejongia lobidactylus Pterophoroidea - Dejongia lobidactylus Plume Moth type? - Dejongia lobidactylus genitalia - Dejongia lobidactylus - female moth - Dejongia lobidactylus - female Platyptiliini - Dejongia lobidactylus Caterpillar on goldenrod - Dejongia lobidactylus Dejongia lobidactylus
Show images of: caterpillars · adults · both
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
Tribe Platyptiliini
Genus Dejongia
Species lobidactylus (Dejongia lobidactylus - Hodges#6102)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Dejongia lobidactylus (Fitch, 1854)
formerly Trichoptilus lobidactylus (and originally placed in genus Pterophorus)
* Phylogenetic sequence #182200.
One of two species found in America north of Mexico. *List by Debbie Matthews at
Adult: forewing bilobed, brown with white patches - distinguishing features include horizontal white strip on upper half of upper lobe at apex, and vertical white strip on lower half of lower lobe near apex; top of thorax brown with white posterior border; top of abdomen brown with dark brown patches near middle, and four pairs of short white streaks straddling midline; hindwing with three deeply-incised lobes (hindwing completely hidden beneath forewing in live moths at rest); hindleg white with tufted brown "collar" and long projecting white spine at each joint; antennae white with narrow dark rings on basal half, and wide dark rings on distal half.
Northeastern United States plus Quebec and Ontario.
(list at Dalton State College [listed under Trichoptilus] indicates a range including Florida, but the species does not appear on the list of Florida Lepidoptera)
Adults fly from June to August.
It is known to feed on goldenrods.
Page creation based on Debbie Matthews' identification of this image - (a link to the BugGuide image is given under Dejongia lobidactylus on her page here)
Internet References
Moth Photographers Group - range map, photos of living and pinned adults.
live adult image (Bev Wigney, Ontario)
BOLD - Barcode of Life Data Systems - collection map and photos of pinned adults.
presence in Ontario listed under Trichoptilus (NHIC; Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources)
presence in Michigan; PDF doc list listed under Trichoptilus (Mogens Nielsen, Michigan State U.)