PTEROPHORIDAE OF NORTH AMERICA

"Plume Moths"

by Deborah Matthews

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Plume moths are easily recognized by their characteristic "T"-shaped resting posture and the lobed or divided wings of most species. While the family Pterophoridae is easily identified, species determinations are more challenging, often requiring dissection and preparation of genitalia slides. There are currently 159 described species known from North America north of the Mexican border. Descriptions of at least 10 new species are anticipated along with some fluctuation in the total number of species from changes in synonymies. The known species are listed below with links to photographs or additional information. Synonyms are not listed here but are available in a recent World Catalogue (Gielis 2003). Larval food plants are known for 76 of the described Nearctic species (Matthews & Lott 2005). Numbers in brackets {} are from Hodges' (1983) Check List of the Lepidoptera of America North of Mexico. Several photographs are displayed here courtesy of the North American Moth Photographers Group.

Genus AGDISTIS Hübner

Agdistis americana Barnes & Lindsey, 1921 {6089}

Genus LIOPTILODES Zimmerman

Lioptilodes albistriolatus (Zeller, 1871)

Genus PLATYPTILIA Hübner

Platyptilia williamsii Grinnell, 1908 {6112}

carduidactyla Platyptilia carduidactyla (Riley, 1869) {6109}

http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/r6300111.html
http://www.sarep.ucdavis.edu/Grants/Reports/Bari/bari.htm


Platyptilia comstocki Lange, 1939 {6111}
Platyptilia percnodactyla Walsingham, 1880 {6110}
Platyptilia tesseradactyla (Linnaeus, 1776) {6106}
http://www2.nrm.se/en/svenska_fjarilar/p/platyptilia_tesseradactyla.html
http://www.kolumbus.fi/silvonen/micro/pt/Platesse.htm
http://facweb.furman.edu/~snyderjohn/leplist/microleps2.htm
http://www.jkt.1g.fi/Sulkaperhoset/02_PLAtesse.htm


Platyptilia washburnensis McDunnough, 1929 {6114}
Platyptilia johnstoni Lange, 1940 {6108}
Platyptilia albicans Fish, 1881 {6115}
Platyptilia ardua McDunnough, 1927 {6113}

Genus GILLMERIA Tutt

Gillmeria albertae (Barnes & Lindsey, 1921) {6116}
Gillmeria pallidactyla (Haworth, 1811) {6107}
http://jeffhiggott.topcities.com/lepidoptera/systematic_list/Pterophoridae/1504.html
http://olegberlov.narod.ru/pterop3.html
http://www.pbase.com/lilwings/image/30308525
http://www.pbase.com/image/18333088
http://facweb.furman.edu/~snyderjohn/leplist/microleps2.htm
rhododactyla http://www.ecostudies.org/trails/Q6160126.jpg
http://ukmoths.org.uk/show.php?bf=1504

Genus CNAEMIDOPHORUS Wallengren

Cnaemidophorus rhododactyla (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775) {6105}
http://www.golddistel.de/nachtfalter/pterophoridae/cnaemidophorus-rhododactyla.htm
http://olegberlov.narod.ru/pterop5.html
http://facweb.furman.edu/~snyderjohn/leplist/microleps2.htm

Genus LANTANOPHAGA Zimmerman

Lantanophaga pusillidactyla (Walker, 1864) {6119}
http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/pter/pusill.html
http://www.ento.csiro.au/aicn/system/c_3073.htm

Genus ANSTENOPTILIA Zimmerman

Anstenoptilia marmarodactyla (Dyar [1903]) {6117}
http://waynesword.palomar.edu/images/plumot1b.jpg
http://bugs.bio.nau.edu/grand_canyon/images/arctiidae_pterophoridae/D_LEPIPTER001.jpg

Genus STENOPTILODES Zimmerman

Stenoptilodes antirrhina (Lange, 1939) {6123}
http://insects.ippc.orst.edu/pnw/insects?KGCode_pres.cfm?ID=1534
http://ipm.ncsu.edu/AG136/cater14.html

Stenoptilodes brevipennis (Zeller, 1874) {6122}
Stenoptilodes taprobanes (Felder & Rogenhofer, 1875)
http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/pter/taprob.html

Genus STENOPTILIA Hübner

pallistriga Stenoptilia pallistriga Barnes & McDunnough, 1913 {6145}
Stenoptilia zophodactyla (Duponchel, 1838) {6144}
http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/pter/zophod.html
Stenoptilia mengeli Fernald, 1898 {6146}
Stenoptilia columbia McDunnough, 1927 {6150}
Stenoptilia grandipuncta McDunnough, 1939 {6151}
Stenoptilia exclamationis (Walsingham, 1880) {6148}
Stenoptilia coloradensis Fernald, 1898 {6149}

Genus PARAPLATYPTILIA Bigot & Picard

Paraplatyptilia albiciliata (Walsingham, 1880) {6130}
Paraplatyptilia auriga (Barnes & Lindsey, 1921) {6127}
auriga Paraplatyptilia albui Gielis, 2008
Paraplatyptilia glacialis Gielis, 2008
Paraplatyptilia sabourini Gielis, 2008
Paraplatyptilia watkinsi Gielis, 2008
Paraplatyptilia albida (Walsingham, 1880) {6132}
Paraplatyptilia shastae (Walsingham, 1880) {6133}
Paraplatyptilia edwardsii (Fish, 1881) {6128}
Paraplatyptilia fragilis (Walsingham, 1880) {6136}
Paraplatyptilia albidorsella (Walsingham, 1880) {6135}
Paraplatyptilia baueri (Lange, 1950) {6129}
Paraplatyptilia bifida (Lange, 1950) {6141}
Paraplatyptilia carolina (Kearfott, 1907) {6125}
Paraplatyptilia atlantica Landry & Gielis, 2008
Paraplatyptilia cooleyi (Fernald, 1898) {6138}
Paraplatyptilia grandis (Walsingham, 1880) {6124}
Paraplatyptilia immaculata (McDunnough, 1939) {6126}
Paraplatyptilia lutescens (Lange, 1950) {6131}
Paraplatyptilia maea (Barnes & Lindsey, 1921) {6137}
Paraplatyptilia modesta (Walsingham, 1880) {6140}
Paraplatyptilia nana (McDunnough, 1927) {6134}
Paraplatyptilia petrodactyla (Walker, 1864) {6142}
Paraplatyptilia xylopsamma (Meyrick, 1908) {6139}

Genus AMBLYPTILIA Hübner

Amblyptilia bowmani (McDunnough, 1927) {6147}
Amblyptilia pica (Walsingham, 1880) {6118}
http://bugguide.net/node/view/7000/bgpage
http://nitro.biosci.arizona.edu/zeeb/butterflies/figs/moths/Pterophoridae/A_pica.jpg
http://nitro.biosci.arizona.edu/zeeb/butterflies/figs/moth_larvae/Pterophoridae/pict.jpeg
http://bugguide.net/node/view/7000
http://ipm.ncsu.edu/AG136/cater14.html
http://www.biol.vt.edu/faculty/adler/researchinterests.html

Genus OXYPTILUS Zeller

Oxyptilus delawaricus Zeller, 1873 {6097}

Genus CAPPERIA Tutt

Capperia raptor (Meyrick, 1908) {6096}
Capperia evansi (McDunnough, 1923) {6095}
Capperia ningoris (Walsingham, 1880) {6094}

Genus GEINA Tutt

tenuidactyla Geina buscki (McDunnough, 1933) {6093}
Geina tenuidactyla (Fitch, 1854) {6092}
http://www.daltonstate.edu/galeps/webpages/others/Getenuidactyla.htm
http://booksandnature.homestead.com/moth31.html

Geina sheppardi B. Landry, 1989
http://facweb.furman.edu/~snyderjohn/cu/g-sheppardi.htm

Geina periscelidactyla (Fitch, 1854) {6091}
http://www.ento.vt.edu/Fruitfiles/plume.html

Genus LEPTODEUTEROCOPUS Fletcher

Leptodeuterocopus neales (Walsingham, 1915)
http://www.bioone.org/bioone/?request=get-document&issn=0015-4040&volume=087&issue=04&page=621

Genus MICHAELOPHORUS Gielis

Michaelophorus indentatus (Meyrick, 1930) {6103}

Genus SPHENARCHES Meyrick

anisodactylus Sphenarches anisodactylus (Walker, 1864)
http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/pter/anisod.html

Sphenarches ontario (McDunnough, 1927) {6090}

Genus MEGALORHIPIDA Amsel

Megalorhipida leucodactylus (Fabricius, 1794) {6104}
http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/pter/leuco.html

Genus DEJONGIA Gielis

lobidactylus Dejongia californicus (Walsingham, 1880) {6100}
http://nitro.biosci.arizona.edu/zeeb/butterflies/figs/moths/Pterophoridae/6104-live.jpg

Dejongia lobidactylus (Fitch, 1854) {6102}
http://bugguide.net/node/view/3497

Genus BUCKLERIA Tutt

Buckleria parvulus (Barnes & Lindsey, 1921) {6098}
http://picasaweb.google.com/eleganceofscience/2008EleganceOfScienceContest#5280406580325205938

Genus TRICHOPTILUS Walsingham

Trichoptilus pygmaeus Walsingham, 1880 {6101}
Trichoptilus potentellus Lange, 1940 {6099}

Genus EXELASTIS Meyrick

Exelastis montischristi (Walsingham, 1897)
Exelastis dowi Matthews & B. Landry, 2008
Exelastis rhynchosiae (Dyar, 1898)
Exelastis pumilio (Zeller, 1873)
http://facweb.furman.edu/%7Esnyderjohn/cu/e_pumilio.jpg

Genus SINGULARIA Arenberger

Singularia walsinghami (Fernald, 1898) {6153}

Genus PSELNOPHORUS Wallengren

belfragei Pselnophorus belfragei (Fish, 1881) {6154}
http://www.biosurvey.ou.edu/okwild/misc/plumemo.html

Genus EMMELINA Tutt

Emmelina monodactyla (Linnaeus, 1758) {6234}
http://jeffhiggott.topcities.com/lepidoptera/systematic_list/Pterophoridae/1524.html
http://facweb.furman.edu/~snyderjohn/leplist/microleps2.htm
http://ukmoths.org.uk/show.php?bf=1524
http://www.marylandmoths.com/Html/Pterophoridae/Pterophorinae/Emmenlina_monodactyla.html


Emmelina buscki (Barnes & Lindsey, 1921) {6159}

Genus OIDAEMATOPHORUS Wallengren

Oidaematophorus balsamorrhizae McDunnough, 1939 {6162}
Oidaematophorus occidentalis (Walsingham, 1880) {6161}
Oidaematophorus grisescens (Walsingham, 1880) {6171}
Oidaematophorus cineraceus (Fish, 1881) {6172}
Oidaematophorus phaceliae McDunnough, 1938 {6170}
Oidaematophorus guttatus (Walsingham, 1880) {6165}
eupatorii Oidaematophorus cretidactylus (Fitch, 1834) {6163}
Oidaematophorus eupatorii (Fernald, 1891) {6168}
Oidaematophorus rogenhoferi (Mann, 1871) {6169}
http://www2.nrm.se/en/svenska_fjarilar/o/oidaematophorus_rogenhoferi.html

Oidaematophorus baroni (Fish, 1881) {6175}
Oidaematophorus downesi McDunnough, 1927 {6164}
Oidaematophorus lindseyi McDunnough, 1923 {6174}
Oidaematophorus castor Barnes & Lindsey, 1921 {6176}
Oidaematophorus rileyi (Fernald, 1898) {6173}
Oidaematophorus mathewianus (Zeller, 1874) {6166}
http://www.ndsu.edu/ndsu/ndmoths/names/6166.htm

Genus HELLINSIA Tutt

homodactylus Hellinsia habecki Matthews, 2010
Hellinsia elliottii (Fernald, 1898) {6204}
Hellinsia homodactylus (Walker, 1864) {6203}
Hellinsia phoebus (Barnes & Lindsey, 1921) {6189}
Hellinsia corvus (Barnes & Lindsey, 1921) {6223}
Hellinsia helianthi (Walsingham, 1880) {6202}
Hellinsia paleaceus (Zeller, 1873) {6207}
Hellinsia eros (Barnes & Lindsey, 1921) {6187}
Hellinsia pan (Barnes & Lindsey, 1921) {6188}
Hellinsia inquinatus (Zeller, 1873) {6186}
paleaceus Hellinsia longifrons (Walsingham, 1915) {6233}
Hellinsia arion (Barnes & Lindsey, 1921) {6232}
Hellinsia linus (Barnes & Lindsey, 1921) {6195}
Hellinsia tinctus (Walsingham, 1915) {6200}
Hellinsia ares (Barnes & Lindsey, 1921) {6199}
Hellinsia auster (Barnes & Lindsey, 1921) {6193}
Hellinsia cadmus (Barnes & Lindsey, 1921) {6196}
Hellinsia citrites (Meyrick, 1908) {6183}
Hellinsia cochise (Barnes & Lindsey, 1921) {6198}
Hellinsia fishii (Fernald, 1893) {6167}
mizar Hellinsia integratus (Meyrick, 1913) {6192}
Hellinsia iobates (Barnes & Lindsey, 1921) {6197}
Hellinsia medius (Barnes & Lindsey, 1921) {6194}
Hellinsia mizar (Barnes & Lindsey, 1921) {6178}
Hellinsia thoracicus (McDunnough, 1939) {6201}
Hellinsia triton (Barnes & Lindsey, 1921) {6191}
Hellinsia pollux (Barnes & Lindsey, 1921) {6177}
Hellinsia thor (McDunnough, 1939) {6190}
Hellinsia brucei (Fernald, 1898) {6184}
Hellinsia albilobata (McDunnough, 1939) {6185}
Hellinsia fieldi (Wright, 1921) {6181}
Hellinsia meyricki (Barnes & Lindsey, 1921) {6179}
Hellinsia confusus (Braun, 1930) {6182}
Hellinsia gratiosus (Fish, 1881) {6180}
Hellinsia venapunctus (Barnes & Lindsey, 1921) {6208}
Hellinsia sulphureodactylus (Packard, 1873) {6216}
Hellinsia pectodactylus (Staudinger, 1859) {6205}
Hellinsia luteolus (Barnes & Lindsey, 1921) {6209}
Hellinsia grandis (Fish, 1881) {6211}
balanotes adult Hellinsia balanotes (Meyrick, 1908) {6210}
http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/pter/balanot.html
http://www.forestpests.org/subject.html?SUB=2559
http://facweb.furman.edu/~snyderjohn/leplist/microleps2.htm
http://www.ento.csiro.au/aicn/system/c_3072.htm

balanotes larva

Hellinsia kellicottii (Fish, 1881) {6212}
Hellinsia chlorias (Meyrick, 1908)
Hellinsia lacteodactylus (Chambers, 1873) {6213}
Hellinsia glenni (Cashatt, 1972) {6214}
unicolor Hellinsia subochraceus (Walsingham, 1880) {6215}
Hellinsia serenus (Meyrick, 1913) {6217}
Hellinsia catalinae (Grinnell, 1908) {6231}
Hellinsia australis (Grinnell, 1908) {6218}
Hellinsia costatus (Barnes & Lindsey, 1921) {6219}
Hellinsia rigidus (McDunnough, 1938) {6229}
Hellinsia unicolor (Barnes & McDunnough, 1913) {6226}
Hellinsia caudelli (Dyar, 1903) {6228}
Hellinsia inconditus (Walsingham, 1880) {6227}
Hellinsia perditus (Barnes & Lindsey, 1921) {6224}
Hellinsia falsus (Barnes & Lindsey, 1921) {6220}
Hellinsia varius (Barnes & Lindsey, 1921) {6221}
Hellinsia varioides (McDunnough, 1939) {6222}
Hellinsia simplicissimus (McDunnough, 1938) {6225}
Hellinsia contortus (McDunnough, 1938) {6230}

Genus ADAINA Tutt

ambrosiae Adaina primulacea Meyrick, 1929
Adaina bipunctatus (Möschler, 1890) {6155}
Adaina simplicius (Grossbeck, 1917)
Adaina zephyria Barnes & Lindsey, 1921 {6156}
Adaina parainvida Gielis, 1992
Adaina thomae (Zeller, 1877)
Adaina perplexus (Grossbeck, 1917)
Adaina montana (Walsingham, 1880) {6157}
Adaina cinerascens (Walsingham, 1880) {6158}
Adaina ambrosiae (Murtfeldt, 1880) {6160}
http://facweb.furman.edu/~snyderjohn/leplist/microleps2.htm
http://picasaweb.google.com/eleganceofscience/2008EleganceOfScienceContest#5280406585342935378


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