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Lantana Plume Moth

Lantanophaga pusillidactyla

a Pterphoridae, possibly Lantanophaga pusillidactyla, from Nairobi, Kenya. Photo © by Michael Plagens

This moth was observed in a park off Langata Road, Nairobi, Kenya, March 2013.

The Pterophoridae represent a large group of moth species that are usually easy to recognize as a group by their distinct wing shape. But they are very small, mostly less than 1cm wingspan, and identification to species usually requires details and expertise beyond this type of guide. However, this moth was found alighted on foliage of Lantana (Lantana camara) and is likely the Lantana Plume Moth which has been widely introduced to help control the spread of lantana, a pretty but invasive exotic shrub.



Pterophoridae -- Plume Moth Family

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