Encyclopedia of Entomology

2008 Edition
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False Plume Moths (Lepidoptera: Tineodidae)

  • John B. Heppner
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-6359-6_3764
False plume moths, family Tineodidae, include only 11 species, all from Australia. The family is in the superfamily Pterophoroidea in the section Tineina, subsection Tineina, of the division Ditrysia. Adults small (15–34 mm wingspan), with head scaling average; haustellum naked; labial palpi porrect; maxillary palpi 4-segmented. Forewings elongate (Fig. 12) and pointed termens can be falcate. Maculation mostly mottled shades of tan and gray. Adults possibly diurnal or crepuscular. Larvae are leaftiers, but most are not known biologically. Only recorded host plants are in Euphorbiaceae and Oleaceae.
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  1. *Common IFB (1990) Family Tineodidae. In: Moths of Australia, 322–325 [part]. Melbourne University Press, Melbourne.Google Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John B. Heppner
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  1. 1.Florida State Collection of ArthropodsGainesvilleUSA