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Feb 24, 2014 7:29 AM




I'm not good with the Pterophoridae family, I always saw the common Emmelina monodactyla, but some days ago I saw this little moth with the curved abdomen (upwards), it's from 3 days posed in the same place.


I think it could be one of this two:


Amblyptilia acanthodactyla (Hübner, [1813]) (N, S, Si, Sa

Amblyptilia punctidactyla (Haworth, 1811) (N, S)


But I'm not sure, it's the first time I saw it, so I need your help.


22.02.2014 - North Italy




Thanks for the help!




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    Feb 24, 2014 7:47 AM (in response to Marcello Consolo)
    Re: Amblyptilia?

    Hi Marcello,


    I don't think the upturned tip to the abdomen is not reliable as a discriminator in the Pterophoridae.


    I think you are right: it is one of A. acanthodactyla, punctidactyla.


    To be sure, you'd need to examine the genitalia.

    Otherwise, the best you can do is to go on the general appearance:

    - greyish and somewhat speckled: A. punctidactyla

    - brownish and less speckled: A. acanthadactyla


    So, I suspect yours is A. acanthadactyla.



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