British Insects: the Plume moths

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Adaina Tutt

Formerly Leioptilus.

Adults. Face smooth. Labial palps ascending. Tibiae simple. Wing-span 15–17 mm. Forewings conspicously cleft; 2-segmented; cleft from about the middle (from before 2/3). The lower lobe tapering distally or more or less parallel-sided. Forewings relatively plain (with dark markings); yellowish-whitish, sprinkled blackish, a dot in the disc at 1/3, a blackish mark at the base of the fissure and one on the costa beyond the fissure, a less distinct one towards the apex, and some indistinct dots on the margins of the segments. The base of the fissure preceded by a single dark spot or mark. Forewing venation exhibiting the cell produced into points. Forewing vein 3 present (connate or stalked with 4); 8 present (stalked with 10); 9 absent. Forewing vein 10 present. Forewing vein 10 out of 8. Forewing venation summary: 3 and 4 connate or stalked. Hindwings conspicuously cleft; 3-segmented; grey. Hindwings differently coloured from the forewings. Hindwings without large black scale-teeth in the the posterior segment. The second lobe 2-veined veins. Hindwing vein 3 absent.

Life history and botanical associations. Adults abroad May to June, or August (double brooded). Associated with herbs; Tenuinucelli; Asterales.

Larvae and pupae. The larvae found January to December; hibernating; on Compositae; Eupatorium. Feeding concealed; in stems (mining in axils of the inflorescence, producing a gall, causing the capitula to droop).

Distribution and habitats. England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. Common in southern England, local in Wales, northern England and southern Scotland and the West of Ireland; in damp places where the host plant grows. British species: A. microdactyla.

Subfamily. Subfamily Pterophorinae.

Illustrations. • Adaina microdactyla: Hubner, 1813. • Adaina microdactyla, with Alucita, Buckleria, Merrifieldia, Platyptilia, Pselnophorus and Pterophorus: Leech, 1886. • Adaina microdactyla, Alucita, Emmelina, Euleioptilus, Hellinsia, Oidaematophorus, Ovendenia, Pselnophorus, Pterophorus. • Adaina microdactyla: Barrett, 1907.


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Cite this publication as: ‘Watson, L., and Dallwitz, M.J. 2003 onwards. British insects: the Plume moths (Pterophoridae and Alucitidae). Version: 1st January 2012. http://delta-intkey.com’.

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