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Plume moth

Lepidoptera

1 Species ID Suggestions

dhobern
dhobern 8 years ago


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11 Comments

dhobern
dhobern 8 years ago

Here is one photo: http://www.papua-insects.nl/insect%20ord...

The original description (in Dutch, as Aciptilia nivea) is here: http://bhl.ala.org.au/page/10876472 and (if it helps at all) the plate for that publication is here: http://bhl.ala.org.au/page/10876563

aldrin
aldrin 8 years ago

i think it's safe to say that it belongs to the genus Pterophorus. I was kind'a wondering if it might belong to another genus. : )

For now, the best candidate would be Pterophorus niveus. I was looking or pictures of such species in the internet, but i couldn't find one.

dhobern
dhobern 8 years ago

22 species of plume moths but only one in the genus Pterophorus, to which this moth belongs.

aldrin
aldrin 8 years ago

dhobern, i checked the link you gave me. it is written there that there are twenty-two known plume moth species in the philippines and four of those are found in the island where i found my spotting. thank you for sharing the link. : )

dhobern
dhobern 8 years ago

Pterophorus pentadactylus is common across Europe. In Australia, where I have lived over the last few years, Pterophorus albidus (http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=25401497...) and Pterophorus lacteipennis, are found. Other species can be found in other parts of the world. These are generally all white or whitish species with very deep splits in the wings (compared to most other plume moth species). Separating them can be difficult, but the document linked from my identification suggestion shows only Pterophorus niveus to have been recorded so far from the Philippines, which make that species very likely.

aldrin
aldrin 8 years ago

dhobern, thanks for the ID suggestion. i was also searching through the net and found a picture of a more identical moth to my spotting. sadly, according to the site the White Plume Moth (Pterophorus pentadactyla) is found in europe and does not mention any place around asia..
http://www.digplanet.com/wiki/Pterophoru...

dhobern
dhobern 8 years ago

Definitely in the genus Pterophorus. There are quite a few species in this genus but the 2002 review of the Pterophoridae of the Philippines only identified Pterophorus niveus as the only species so far recorded from the islands.

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

beautiful!

empidonax
empidonax 8 years ago

Lovely moth!

aldrin
aldrin 8 years ago

thanks KarenL.
I will add this to the mission..

KarenL
KarenL 8 years ago

What a beautiful plume moth!
You might like to also consider adding this to the Moths of the World mission.

aldrin
Spotted by
aldrin

Leyte, Philippines

Spotted on Aug 1, 2012
Submitted on Aug 2, 2012

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