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Moths of Britain and Europe
Common Brown Plume moth
Emmelina monodactyla  LINNAEUS, 1758
Superfamily - PTEROPHOROIDEA
Family - PTEROPHORIDAE
subfamily - PTEROPHORINAE
Tribe -

Common Brown Plume moth Emmelina monodactyla, Hampshire  Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
Most moths ( and all butterflies ) have 2 pairs of overlapping wings, each comprised of a thin double membrane with rigidity supplied by a network of tubular veins that radiate from the base of the wings. The Plume moths ( Pterophorinae ) and Many-plumed moths ( Alucitidae ) however have no wing membranes. Instead their fore and hind wings each consist of feathery plumes - rigid spines from which branch dozens of long thin plume-like scales.
There are 34 species of Pterophorinae found in Britain, of which Emmelina monodactyla is one of the commonest and most widespread.
Habitats
This species breeds in gardens, along hedgerows, roadsides and railway embankments, and many other disturbed habitats where its larval foodplants Convolvulus and Calystegia flourish.
Lifecycle
To be completed.
Adult behaviour

The moths are readily attracted to artificial light and often enter houses.

 

 

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