British Insects: Plume Moths (Pterophoridae and Alucitidae)


L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz


These keys and descriptions were generated from a DELTA database (Dallwitz 1980; Dallwitz, Paine, and Zurcher 1993).


Conventional key • Interactive key, including interactive information retrieval

The interactive key allows free choice of characters, is easy to use, and can lead to correct identifications in spite of occasional errors. It can display all the illustrations, full and partial descriptions, diagnostic descriptions, differences and similarities between taxa, lists of taxa exhibiting or lacking specified attributes, and distributions of character states within any set of taxa.

Character list •  General morphology of Lepidoptera • Implicit attributes

Notes on John Curtis’s British Entomology • Updated insect names for John Curtis’s British Entomology • Updated plant names for John Curtis’s British Entomology • Notes on the scanning of the images

Poems on insects by Giles Watson

Acknowledgements • References • Citation • Contacts, conditions of use, contributions


The bold parts in the descriptions are diagnostic descriptions, generated with the aid of Intkey (Dallwitz et al. 1993). They distinguish most taxa in at least one respect from the other taxa.

• Adaina Tutt • Agdistis Hübner • Alucita L. • Amblyptilia Hübner

• Buckleria Tutt

• Capperia • Cnaemidophorus Wallengren

• Emmelina Tutt • Euleioptilus Bigot & Picard

• Hellinsia Tutt

• Marasmarcha Meyrick • Merrifieldia Tutt

• Oidaematophorus Wallengren • Ovendenia Tutt • Oxyptilus Zeller

• Platyptilia Hübner • Pselnophorus Wallengren • Pterophorus Schäffer

• Stenoptilia Hübner

Cite this publication as: ‘Watson, L., and Dallwitz, M.J. 2003 onwards. British Insects: Plume Moths (Pterophoridae and Alucitidae). Version: 1st January 2012.’.

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