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Species Platyptilia percnodactylus - Aquiline Plume Moth - Hodges#6110

Platyptilia carduidactyla ? - Platyptilia percnodactylus
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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 Platyptilia
Species percnodactylus (Aquiline Plume Moth - Hodges#6110)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Platyptilia percnodactylus Walsingham, 1880
Platyptilus percnodactylus Walsingham, 1880
Fernald (1898) listed a wingspan of 22 mm.
Fernald (1898) description "Head and thorax pale brown; antennae spotted on the upper side with white and brown. Abdomen brownish, paler at the base. Legs whitish, slender, slightly enlarged, and tinged with brownish at the end of the segments. Spurs pale. Fore wings pale brown with much paler blotches, one reaching from the base of the fissure to the costa, another below the dark-brown costal triangle and another at the base of the costal margin; a pale streak crosses the wing, parallel to the outer margin, which is brownish; a brown line at the base of the fringes, which are brown except within the fissure and near the anal angle ; a few brown scales near the middle of the hind margin. Hind wings brown, the third feather paler than the others, and with a few fuscous scales in the fringe of the hind margin of the third feather."
Specimen identified by DNA analysis (BOLD). (1)
California and Arizona to Alberta.
June to July records.
Print References
Fernald, C.H., 1898. The Pterophoridae of North America. Wright & Potter Printing Co., Boston. p. 27.