SEARCH THIS SITE

OzAnimals.com
Australian Wildlife

  Plume Moth (Pterophoridae family )





Plume Moth | Pterophoridae family  photo
This Plume Moth is a small moth about 10mm long. It looks like a dead bit of stick when at rest on a plant.

Photograph copyright: ozwildlife - all rights reserved. Used with permission.

Plume Moth | Pterophoridae family  photo
Plume Moth

Photograph copyright: ozwildlife - all rights reserved. Used with permission.

Plume Moth | Pterophoridae family  photo
Plume Moth pupa attached to underside of a geranium leaf. The pupa has white bristles.

Photograph copyright: ozwildlife - all rights reserved. Used with permission.

Plume Moth | Pterophoridae family  photo
empty pupa shell after the adult Plume Moth has emerged.

Photograph copyright: ozwildlife - all rights reserved. Used with permission.



PLUME MOTH FACTS

Identification
Plume Moths hold their narrow wings at right angles to their body when at rest. Their flight is fairly weak. The antennae are short and held out in front of head at right angle to each other. They have long thin legs with spines. The species shown here is common in gardens where the larvae feed on geranium plants. Pupae are thin with many white bristles.

Size
wingspan 12mm

Habitat
found on low shrubbery

Food
larvae feed on flowers and leaves

Breeding
the larvae pupate under a leaf



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Pterophoridae
Genus:Pterophoridae family
Species:
Common Name:Plume Moth