Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Anstenoptilia marmarodactyla (Dyar, 1903)
Platyptilia marmarodactyla Dyar, 1903
* phylogenetic sequence #182600
Explanation of Names
Greek for "marble-fingered/toed."
Wingspan 13.5-17 mm (Dyar, 1903).
Typically a western species. Common in California, New Mexico, and Arizona. Records from Canada, Mexico, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Texas, and Utah. Likely transported with ornamental sage plants (Matthews & Watkins, 2011).
Larvae feed on flower buds of a variety of sages and mints in the family Lamiaceae, including certain Salvia, Agastache, Lepechinia, Mentha, Mondardella, Pycnanthemum, and Trichostema (Matthews & Watkins, 2011).
In Florida, this species can be distinguished from three similar moths, Stenoptilodes brevipennis, Stenoptilodes taprobanes, Lantanophaga pusillidactyla, see Matthews & Watkins.
Dyar, H. G. 1903. New North American Lepidoptera with notes on larvae. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 5(4): 296
Matthews, D. L. & R. A. Watkins 2011. Extralimital records of the sage plume moth, Anstenoptilia marmarodactyla
(Lepidoptera: Pterophoridae). Southern Lepidopterists' News 33(4): 175-177, f. 1-2 (PDF
Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler 2009. Moths of Western North America. University of California Press. pl.12.25m, p.119