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Merrifieldia leucodactyla

Merrifieldia leucodactyla
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Copyright: Luis alberto (semprempe) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 34 W: 4 N: 140] (974)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-03-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 550D, 18-55 Canon EFS, +CLOSE-UP +4
Exposure: f/11, 1/30 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-03-16 5:03
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Points: 6
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Merrifieldia leucodactyla
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Merrifieldia leucodactyla
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pterophoridae
Genus: Merrifieldia
Species: M. leucodactyla
Binomial name
Merrifieldia leucodactyla
(Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
Merrifieldia leucodactylus
Alucita leucodactyla Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775
Alucita leucodactyla Hübner, [1805]
Alucita theiodactyla Hübner, [1825]
Alucita niveidactylus Stephens, 1834
Aciptilia wernickei Wocke, 1897
Alucita fitzi Rebel, 1912
Alucita dryogramma Meyrick, 1930

Merrifieldia leucodactyla is a moth of the Pterophoridae family. It is known from most of Europe, as well as North Africa and Asia Minor.
Merrifieldia leucodactyla are identified by their distinctive checkered pattern on the antennas, and a finite fuzzy brown line along the entire of the straw yellow forewing.The wingspan is 18-25 mm.
The larvae are green with a white-edged dark green dorsal line. There is a dark green subdorsal line, and yellowish grey spiracular line. The head is yellowish green. The larvae feed on wild thymus (Thymus serphyllum), wilde lungwort (Pulmonaria officinalis) and wild Majolijin (Origanum vulgare).
In late July or August the larva start to feed, and after overwintering they pupulate in the following June or July.

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Ciao Luis.
Interessante foto di questo lepidottero che finora non avevo mai visto(grazie). Con una buona nitidezza e particolari,bene i colori come la composizione bravo.
Ti auguro un buon week end ciao Marco.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6573 W: 89 N: 15657] (65479)
  • [2012-03-16 15:11]

Hi Luis,the sharpness is not the best and you know that,but i like to see this very rare moth on the TN gallery,it's a unusual guest very interesting.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Hello Luis,

Nice photo of this moth!Excellent sharp detailed photo. Perfect composition.

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