Lioptilodes albistriolatus

460054.00 — 6120 — Lioptilodes albistriolatus (Zeller, 1877) — Mousy Plume Moth

Larval Host(s)

Presumed main host
on Block Island:

Known hosts:

Asteraceae: Symphiotrichum, Baccharis, Solidago, more


Block Island is the northernmost locality where this species regularly occurs. Two individuals were photographed near Long Point on the north shore of Lake Erie on 22 Oct. 2017, and Mark Dennis photographed the species 18 Sept. and 8 Oct. 2021 at the southern tip of Nova Scotia. In MD, DE, and NJ, adults fly mainly in the fall (21 records on iNaturalist from 12 Sept. to 11 Nov.), but additional records from the region on iNaturalist are as follows: 12 iv, 13 iv, 15 iv, 22 iv, 2 v (n=3), 7 vii, 8 vii, 11 vii (n=2), 4 viii, 2 xii, and 15 xii. It is not known whether this species breeds on Block Island or is only a migrant.


  • Species Page at Moth Photographers Group
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: Some specimens shown may not be sequenced. DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness not proof of identification.
  • Gielis, C., 2006. Review of the Neotropical species of the family Pterophoridae, part I: Ochyroticinae, Deuterocopinae, Pterophorinae (Platyptiliini, Exelastini, Oxyptilini) (Lepidoptera). Zoologische Mededelingen, 80-2 (1): 1-290.
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  • Species Page at BugGuide
  • Zeller, P.C., 1877. Exotische Microlepidoptera. Horae Societatis Entomologicae Rossicae, 13: 469.