British Insects: the Plume moths

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L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz

Ovendenia Tutt

Formerly Pterophorus.

Adults. Face smooth. Labial palps ascending. Wing-span 15–19 mm. Forewings conspicously cleft; 2-segmented; cleft from beyond the middle (from about 2/3). The lower lobe expanded towards the apex. Forewings relatively plain (with dark marks); fuscous-whitish, sprinkled blackish; a blackish dot on the disc at 1/3, a larger blackish dot or oblique mark at the base of the fissure and an elongate one on the costa beyond it, a dot on the costa towards the apex, and two or three dots at the apices and along the lower edges of each segment; cilia greyish, whitish on the costa. Forewings whitish-fuscous, or pale fuscous. Greyish, more whitish on the costa. Forewings with a blackish dot 1/3 from the base; with 2–3 small dark dots on the posterior margins of the lobes near their apices; with a blackish costal dot towards the apex. The base of the fissure preceded by a single dark spot or mark (if the latter, this oblique). Forewing venation exhibiting the cell produced into points. Forewing vein 3 present (connate or stalked with 4); 8 present; 9 absent. Forewing vein 10 present. Forewing vein 10 separate. 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 July; not hibernating. Associated with herbs; Tenuinucelli; Asterales.

Larvae and pupae. The larvae found May and June; on Compositae, or Solanaceae; Artemisia and Leucanthemum, Solanum. Feeding concealed; on leaves (drawing together the edges of a leaf, then later drawing several leaves together, and feeding within).

Distribution and habitats. England. In England south and east of Norfolk, Oxford and Devon, on coasts and waste ground. British species: O. lienigianus.

Subfamily. Subfamily Pterophorinae.

Illustrations. • Ovendenia lienigiensis: Beirne, 1952. • Ovendenia lienigianus, with Capperia, Emmilina, Euleioptilus, Hellinsia, Marasmarcha, Oidaematophorus, Oxyptilus and Stenoptilia: Leech, 1886. • Adaina microdactyla, Alucita, Emmelina, Euleioptilus, Hellinsia, Oidaematophorus, Ovendenia, Pselnophorus, Pterophorus. • Ovendenia lienigienus: 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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