(formerly known as Pterophorus leucodactylus)
PTEROPHORINAE, PTEROPHORIDAE, PTEROPHORIOIDEA
Debbie Matthews & Stella Crossley
This caterpillar is brown, with pale sides, a dark underside, and a dark head. Each abdominal segment has 4 long black hairs sticking out.
The Caterpillar has been reported to feed on a variety of plants, including :
The adult moths have wings composed of separate feather-like segments. They are brown with black and white markings, and have a wingspan of about 2 cms.
The moths have been found in the subtropics around the world, including:
as well as in Australia in
Johan Christian Fabricius,
Entomologia Systematica Emendata et Aucta,
Volume 3, Part 2 (1793), p. 346, No. 625.
The Spiderling Plume Moth Megalorhipida leucodactylus (Fabricius) (Pterophoridae) in Florida and Texas,
Southern Lepidopterists' News, Volume 30, No. 4 (2008), p. 132.
(updated 31 October 2012, 28 March 2014, 15 January 2021)