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Paraplatyptilia carolina (Kearfott, 1907)


Family: Pterophoridae
Subfamily: Pterophorinae
Identification: Head, palpi, thorax and fore wing clay yellow. The fore wing is minutely dotted with a darker shade and the costa from inner third to outer fourth is dusted with blackish scales. There is a dark brown dot below costa, about a third from base, and another on lower lobe just within and below inner end of cleft; on the apex of the second lobe is a similar spot. There is a preciliate line of blackish brown on the termens of each lobe; a paler line separates another but less dark line from the long scales of the cilia, which are pale purplish fuscous. The hind wing is the same color as the fore wing but with a faint pinkish tinge, with brownish lines before the cilia, and a tiny black dot near outer end of cilia of third lobe. The body is shaded with brown posteriorly and on the sides, with a few whitish scales in the lateral tufts. Legs bleached straw color, dusted with brown.
Wing Span: 2.2-2.5 cm
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