Family Pterophoridae - Plume moths

Wings divided into feather-like plumes, furled up when resting leaving little visible detail.

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Amblyptilia acanthadactyla (Hübner, 1813)

Pterophorus pentadactyla
  • Cambridge, Gwydir Street 25 Sep 2014.
  • BF number: 1497.
  • Typically rests with wings slightly open so at least some of the patterning can be seen.
  • A richer brown colour than the similar A. punctidactyla.
  • Larvae feed on a large range of plants, including restharrow, hedge woundwort, geraniums, goosefoot, heathers and mints.



Pterophorus pentadactyla (Linnaeus, 1758)

Pterophorus pentadactyla
  • Cambridge, Gwydir Street (on my jeans!) 9 Jul 2002.
  • BF number: 1513.
  • This species tends to rest with the fingered and plumed wings clearly visible.


Emmelina monodactyla (Linnaeus, 1758)

Emmelina monodactyla
  • Cambridge, Gwydir Street 28 Jun 2002.
  • BF number: 1524.
  • This species tends to rest with its wings furled up so little detail can be seen.


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