Random Insect: Plume moth

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Plume moth (Lepidoptera: Pterophoridae) photographed 08/15/2013 near Palmyra, Michigan.

Plume moths (Lepidoptera: Pterophoridae) are easy to recognize thanks to their unique appearance. These insects fold up their feathery wings and hold them out horizontally while at rest, making them look T-shaped.

While the adult moths feed on pollen and nectar, their larvae feed on the shoots and leaves of a variety of plants. The caterpillars of some species do enough damage to be considered pests.

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About Jeremy Sell

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2 Responses to Random Insect: Plume moth

  1. Absolutely fascinating, I really love and appreciate your information.

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  2. Wow, never ever seen a moth like this. At first glanse I thought it was a spider or some kind of stick insect. Great shot.

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