Amblyptilia acanthodactyla, Crete - photo © K. Bormpoudaki

Amblyptilia acanthodactyla, Crete - photo © K. Bormpoudaki

Amblyptilia acanthadactyla (Hübner, 1813)


Amblyptilia acanthadactyla is a moth of the family Pterophoridae on the island of Crete, Greece.

Scientific name

Amblyptilia acanthadactyla (Hübner, 1813)

Alucita acanthadactyla (Hübner, 1813)

Amblyptilia calaminthae (Frey, 1886)

Amblyptilia tetralicella (Hering, 1891)

Common name

Beautiful Plume


Superfamily: Pterophoroidea > Family: Pterophoridae > Subfamily: Pterophorinae > Genus: Amblyptilia


17-23 mm


Sparse woodlands, forest edges, meadows, riverbanks.

Food plant

The larva is polyphagous and feeds on the flowers and the tender foliage of a variety of plants, i.e.  Labiatae (Clinopodium nepeta, Lavandula stoechas, Mentha longifolia, Prasium majus,  Rosmarinus officinalis, Salvia, Stachys, Teucrium), Leguminosae (Ononis spinosa), etc.

Flight period*
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Lepidoptera Mundi

Lepiforum e. V.

Plant Parasites of Europe

Moths and Butterflies of Europe and North Africa


Amblyptilia acanthadactyla may be distinguished by its warm reddish brown base color of the forewings from the greyish brown of the similar Amblyptilia punctidactyla.