The Pale Prominent (Pterostoma palpina) is a moth from the family Notodontidae.
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The moth can be found in Europe and Central Asia (Palearctic ecozone).
Pterostoma palpina has a wingspan of 35 to 52 mm. Beyond the black scaled tooth-like forewing projection the inner margin is notched. Long labial palps and tufts on the tail segment, giva an elongated appearance.The antennæ of the female are pectinated, but the teeth are shorter than those of the male; and the blackish streak on the wings are usually less defined. Except that some specimens are more strongly marked than others there is little variation.The larva is bluish green, with white dorsal and lateral lines, and a black edged yellow stripe along the spiracles; this stripe is marked with reddish on the three anterior segments.
The moth survives winter as a pupa. The imago looks like a piece of wood and the flying period ranges from the start of April to the start of September.
^ The flight season refers to the British Isles. This may vary in other parts of the range.
The host plants are willows and poplar.
^ “Robinson, G. S., P. R. Ackery, I. J. Kitching, G. W. Beccaloni & L. M. Hernández, 2010. HOSTS – A Database of the World’s Lepidopteran Hostplants. Natural History Museum, London.”.
South R. (1907) The Moths of the British Isles, (First Series), Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd., London & NY: 359 pp. online
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