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Feb 24, 2014 7:29 AM

Amblyptilia?

Hello,

 

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!

 

Ciao,

Marcello

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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.

     

    Mike

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