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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. [9, 10]



This species marks on the maps: 6.

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

Taxonomy, synonyms and combinations

  • Alucita pentadactyla [11].


  • 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].
  • 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].
  • 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].
  • All of Europe to the south of the Arctic Circle. In addition to Spain and Portugal. [5].

Imago 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].
  • The front wings are split into two, and three-feathered tail lobe. White color. The wingspan of 26 to 28 mm. [11].

General info about Imago

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

Imago lifespan

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

General info about Larva

  • Hairy caterpillar. [11].

Larva food plants / other food objects

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

Larva lifespan

  • From autumn until May. [5].

Overwintering stage

  • Caterpillar. [5].


Initial species uploading to the site: Peter Khramov.

Photos: Irina Nikulina, Zoran Bozovic.

Text data: Peter Khramov.

The species characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov, Sergei Kotov.



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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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