Mugwort Plume Moth
(one synonym : Leioptilus serindibanus Moore, 1887)
PTEROPHORINAE, PTEROPHORIDAE, PTEROPHORIOIDEA
Debbie Matthews & Stella Crossley
(Photo: courtesy of Trevor Jinks, North Burnett, Queensland)
The Caterpillar of this species varies from green to brown, and has sparse tufts of white hair along each side. The caterpillar lives in a silken tent, and is reported to feed on various members of the plant family ASTERACEAE :
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Huemer, Tiroler Landesmuseen)
The adult moth is pale brown, with a dark spot near the middle of each forewing.
The species has occurs across Europe and Asia, including:
as well as in Australia in:
Further reading :
Philipp C. Zeller,
Revision der Pterophoriden,
Volume 6 (1852), pp. 380, No. 39.
(updated 17 May 2012, 28 March 2019, 15 January 2021)