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Ptilocephala plumifera (Ochsenheimer, 1810)


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Tineoidea family Psychidae subfamily Oiketicinae tribe Oreopsychini genus Ptilocephala → species Ptilocephala plumifera

Species name(s)

Ptilocephala plumifera (Ochsenheimer, 1810).


Zoogeographical regions


Russia regions

#4. Evropeisky Severo-Zapadny*; #8. Evropeisky Tsentralny; #9. Evropeisky Tsentralno-Chernozyomny; #10. Sredne-Volzhsky; #11. Volgo-Donsky; #12. Nizhnevolzhsky; #13. Zapadno-Kavkazsky; #17. Yuzhno-Uralsky; #20. Yuzhno-Zapadnosibirsky.

* An asterisk denotes a region for which the species is listed as an migrant or information that requires additional checking.

Forewing length

6—7 mm.

Flight time

January February March April May June July August September October November December

Larva lifespan

January February March April May June July August September October November December

Over-wintering stage


Detailed information with references

Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • The front wings of males 6-7.5 mm, blackish-gray, translucent. The body in thick dark hairs. Feathery antennae. The female worm-like, without tendrils, with reduced thoracic legs. [86]. Shamil Murtazin.


  • Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and the Soviet Union - the European part of Turkey - European part of France, the Czech Republic, Switzerland. [1]. Peter Khramov.
  • Regions of the Russian Federation: the Volga-Don, the European North-West (?), The European Central Black Earth, Central European, Western Caucasus, Lower Volga, Mid-Volzhsky, South West Siberian, South Ural. [3]. Peter Khramov.
  • Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary, Germany, Spain (mainland), Italy (mainland), the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal (mainland), Russia, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey (European part), Ukraine, France (mainland), Czech Republic, Switzerland. [10]. Peter Khramov.


  • May. [86]. Shamil Murtazin.

Additional info about Imago

  • Moths fly in a few days in May, dry, well-heated places with steppefied vegetation. Activity in the windless morning hours. [86]. Shamil Murtazin.

Larva food plants

  • Thymus. [86]. Shamil Murtazin.

Additional info about Larva

  • Larvae develop two years. Case consists Their narrow, cylindrical, covered with fragments of plants and soil particles. [86]. Shamil Murtazin.

Subspecies Ptilocephala plumifera


Initial species uploading to the site: Peter Khramov.

Text data: Peter Khramov, Shamil Murtazin.

Main characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov, Sergei Kotov.



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29.01.2014 14:08, Sergei Kotov Corrected data.

Forewing length: No formalized data → 6—7,5 mm. Flight time: No formalized data → May. Caterpillar lifespan: No formalized data → January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December. Over-wintering stage: No formalized data → Larva.

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