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Pterophorus pentadactyla (Linnaeus, 1758)

Имаго  (Pterophorus pentadactyla)


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Pterophoroidea family Pterophoridae subfamily Pterophorinae genus Pterophorus → species Pterophorus pentadactyla

Species name(s)

Pterophorus pentadactyla (Linnaeus, 1758) = Alucita pentadactyla Linnaeus, 1758 = Phalaena tridactyla Scopoli, 1763 = Pterophorus pentadactylus.


Zoogeographical regions


Russia regions

#1. Kaliningradsky; #4. Evropeisky Severo-Zapadny; #7. Evropeisky yuzhno-tayozhny; #8. Evropeisky Tsentralny; #9. Evropeisky Tsentralno-Chernozyomny; #10. Sredne-Volzhsky; #11. Volgo-Donsky; #12. Nizhnevolzhsky; #13. Zapadno-Kavkazsky; #14. Vostochno-Kavkazsky; #16. Sredne-Uralsky; #17. Yuzhno-Uralsky; #20. Yuzhno-Zapadnosibirsky; #23. Predaltaisky; #24. Gorno-Altaisky; #37. Nizhne-Amursky; #40. Primorsky.

Forewing length

14—15 mm.

Primary colors


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


Имаго  (Pterophorus pentadactyla)

Detailed information with references

Synonyms and combinations

  • Alucita pentadactyla [11]. Peter Khramov.

Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • Length of front wing can be up to one and a half centimeters. Colour snow white, on the front wings deep cuts, together with the rear wings gets 5 prettiest "fingers" with long fringe (it can be used for soft circular flight). Another unusual feature of plum pterophoridae - a very, very long hind legs. [5]. Peter Khramov.
  • The front wings are split into two, and three-feathered tail lobe. White color. The wingspan of 26 to 28 mm. [11]. Peter Khramov.


  • Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Corsica, Crete, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sardinia, Sicily, Slovakia, Turkey - European part, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [1]. Peter Khramov.
  • Regions of the Russian Federation: the Volga-Don, East Caucasus, Gorno-Altaisk, the European North-West, the European Central Black Earth, the European Central European South taiga, the Western Caucasus, Kaliningrad, Nizhne-Amur, Lower Volga, Prealtay, Seaside, Average -Volzhsky, Mid-Ural, South West Siberian,South Ural. [3]. Peter Khramov.
  • Albania, Austria, Baleares, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the British Isles, France, Germany, Greece (mainland), Denmark (mainland), Dodecanese Islands, Ireland, Spain (mainland), Italy (mainland part), Corsica, Crete, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia,Moldova, Netherlands, Norway (mainland), the Channel Islands, Poland, Portugal (mainland), Romania, Russia, Sardinia, Sicily, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey (European part), Ukraine, Finland, France (mainland), Croatia , Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [10]. Peter Khramov.
  • All of Europe to the south of the Arctic Circle. In addition to Spain and Portugal. [5]. Peter Khramov.


  • One generation from May to September. [5]. Peter Khramov.
  • Summer. [11]. Peter Khramov.

Additional info about Imago

  • Pterophoridae fly over fields and gardens, meadows and over the hedges. [5]. Peter Khramov.
  • It is found in meadows. [11]. Peter Khramov.

Larva lifespan

  • From autumn until May. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Larva food plants

  • Turn, clover, bindweed and roses. [5]. Peter Khramov.
  • Bindweed. [11]. Peter Khramov.

Additional info about Larva

  • Hairy caterpillar. [11]. Peter Khramov.

Overwintering stage

  • Caterpillar. [5]. Peter Khramov.


Initial species uploading to the site: Peter Khramov.

Photos: Irina Nikulina, Zoran Bozovic.

Text data: Peter Khramov.

Main characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov, Sergei Kotov.

Color characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov.



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30.01.2014 17:57, Sergei Kotov Corrected data.

Caterpillar lifespan: No formalized data → January, February, March, April, May, September, October, November, December. Over-wintering stage: No formalized data → Larva.

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