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Subject: Lovely bug on my door
Location: Pacific Northwest USA
September 5, 2016 10:24 pm
Hello Bugman!
I’ve enjoyed your site for many years, but I think this is the first time I have sent a “new to me” bug. I found this beautiful bug on my front door today. Its wings and body shape were very unique and interesting, so I jusf have to ask–what is this bug? Thank you!
Details:
Found 9/5/17
Federal Way, WA USA
Hanging out on the door
Maybe one inch long end to end and 1-1.5 inches wingtip to wingtip.
Signature: Jessica W

Artichoke Plume Moth

Artichoke Plume Moth

Dear Jessica,
We verified the identity of this Artichoke Plume Moth,
Platyptilia carduidactylus, on BugGuide where it states:  “larvae feed on thistles and all parts of artichokes.”  Thanks for the compliment.

Thank you ao much! I would have never guessed a variety of moth!
Best regards,
Jessica

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Subject: Odd looking flying insect
Location: Ontario, Canada
June 30, 2016 7:10 pm
A friend of mine photographed this thing outside of her house today. What exactly is it?
Signature: Mike

Rose Plume Moth

Rose Plume Moth

Dear Mike,
We quickly identified your Plume Moth in the family Pterophoridae as a Rose Plume Moth,
Cnaemidophorus rhododactyla, thanks to this image on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “larvae feed on buds, flowers, and leaves of rose.”

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Subject: Unknown flying beauty
Location: Ontairo, Canada
February 9, 2016 10:53 am
Hi
My husband took this picture in the summertime (end of July) and I am having a hard time trying to figure out what this little flying beauty could be. We live in south Ontario, Canada.
Signature: Xriss

Artichoke Plume Moth

Artichoke Plume Moth

Dear Xriss,
We believe your Plume Moth in the family Pterophoridae is an Artichoke Plume Moth,
Platyptilia carduidactylus, based on its similarity to the images posted to BugGuide.

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Subject: never seen this before
Location: southern CA 92407
December 10, 2015 10:50 pm
Just so very curious…..
Signature: Holly Andrade

Plume Moth

Plume Moth

Dear Holly,
This is a Plume Moth in the family Pterophoridae.

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Subject: t-shaped creature
Location: Ringsted, Denmark
October 3, 2015 2:42 am
It was sitting on my window in the livingroom. I have never seen anything like it before. I don’t think it was afraid of me, caus I could get realy close before it flew away. It was very slow actually. I guess it was about 3-4 cm long.
Signature: chelina

Plume Moth

Plume Moth

Dear Chelina,
This is a Plume Moth in the family Pterophoridae, and many people write to us requesting an identification for the T-Bug.

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Subject: T Bug ?
Location: Lancaster U K
September 25, 2015 3:56 am
My daughter recently informed me of a bug that she had found on the garden fence , it had four legs and a possible two more that trailed behind its body . its main body shape formation was in the shape of a letter T . However , i am not sure if part of its body was wings.
I would be very grateful if you could inform me what it is
Many Thanks
Signature: Andrew Hogarth

Plume Moth

Plume Moth

Dear Andrew,
This is a Plume Moth in the family  Pterophoridae.  Like other insects, the Plume Moth actually has three pairs of legs, and the crossbar of the “T” is actually two pairs of wings.

 

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