Pyralid Moths 
Figs Pyralid Moth
Yellow-brown Pyralid Moth
Yellow-red Pyralid Moth
Gragaloo Pyralid Moth
Grass Caterpillar
Brown-yellow Pyralid Moth
Beet Webworm 
Tree Lucerne Moth 
Bird-Dropping Pyralid Moth 


Plume Moths - Family Pterophoridae

Order Lepidoptera

This page contains pictures and information about Plume Moths in Family Pterophoridae that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Wingspan 20mm 
This is a small moth family. Moths in family Pterophoridae are known as Plume Moths. Plume Moths are from small to medium in size. They are easily recognized. When rest, they hold out their wings hight and at right angle to their long thin body. They have simple and short antenna. Their legs are long. Their wings are narrow and with one to two clefts.
The caterpillars are usually with short hairs on body. They feed on flowers and leaves openly during daytime.  

Plume Moth I
Stangeia xerodes, wingspan 20mm 
1. Moths of Australia - I. F. B. Common, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig.53.5.
Plume Moth II
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? sp., wingspan 20mm 
Plume Moth III
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? sp., wingspan 20mm 
This moth comes to window light at night. We often see them outside our windows in mid summer.

1. A Guide to Australian Moths - Paul Zborowski, Ted Edwards, CSIRO PUBLISHING, 2007, p123. 
2. Moths of Australia - I. F. B. Common, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p343.
3. PTEROPHORIDAE of Australia - Don Herbison-Evans & Stella Crossley. 
4. Northern Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009. 


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