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Geranium Plume Moth

Scientific Name
Sphenarches anisodactylus
Scientific Author
(Walker, 1864)
Taxonomy
(Lepidoptera: Pterophoridae)
Pest Status
0 Unknown
Status
0 NZ - Unknown
Reliability
High
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Diagnostic Notes
Stout (1982:239) recorded that the larvae of an indeterminate member of Sphenarches possibly ate the flowers of pumpkin in Tonga.

Only one species of the genus was recorded for Tonga by Yano (1963): Sphenarches anisodactylus (Walker).

Description from Walker (1864)

Dull pale ochraceous. Hind tibiae blackish about base of spurs. Forewings with 2 indistinct darker bands, with a whitish subcostal dot at 1/3rd length and with a larger and more distinct whitish costal dot at 2/3rds length; whitish oblique submarginal line. Hind plume of hind wings fringed with black for 1/4 length near tip. Length of body about 10mm; wings 20mm.
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Specimen Contact
New Zealand Arthropod Collection
Author
McCormack, G. & Crosby, T.K
Created
08/07/2013 10:22 AEST
Last Updated
02/05/2014 03:48 AEST
Citation
McCormack, G. & Crosby, T.K (2013) Geranium Plume Moth (Sphenarches anisodactylus) Updated on 5/2/2014 3:48:48 AM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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