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Lantanophaga pusillidactyla

Lantanophaga pusillidactyla
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Copyright: Nikos Roditakis (NikosR) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-11-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D5200, AF Micro Nikkor 60mm 1:2.8 D
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/160 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2015-12-03 10:44
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Points: 6
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Lantanophaga pusillidactyla (Walker, 1864)
Lepidoptera: Pterophoridae
Common name: Lantana Plume moth

L. pusillidactyla is a flower-feeeding moth of Lantana camara, is widespread and common, but has limited impact on its control. The adults feed on flowers, and lay eggs in flower heads.The larvae feed inside flowers or tunnel around the base of the flower. Development time from egg to adult is about 14 days depending on temperature.

Populations of L. pusillidactyla are the greatest in late summer, when over 50% of flower heads can
be damaged, resulting in fewer seeds being produced.

The moth is found on all varieties of Lantana camara
and on Lantana montevidensis

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-12-03 11:02]

Hi Nikos,very good capture of this rare moth not often seen on TN,only the right wing is a bit blurred,but the the details of body and left wing are very very good! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2015-12-04 8:39]

Gia sou Nikos,
Excellent capture of this Lantana Plume moth ..
Great macro of beautiful moth, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness.
Best wishes,

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2015-12-04 11:53]

Very difficult to have a picture of this little small criature! Very nice macro with good presentation.

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