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Subject: I think some kinda dragon bug
Location: Cambrigde Ontario
June 25, 2014 9:16 am
I was walking in my house and found this bug on my siding on my house and I was wording if you could tell what kinda bug it is and the name of it
Signature: Anthony L Johnson

Plume Moth

Plume Moth

Hi Anthony,
This is a Plume Moth in the family Pterophoridae and it looks similar to this individual from BugGuide.

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Subject: Lots of them on the windows
Location: Columbia Valley, SE British Columbia . Canada
May 10, 2014 8:32 pm
Would like to learn what these are. Such fine looking wings
Signature: Larry

Many Plumed Moth

Many Plumed Moth

Hi Larry,
This is a gorgeous image of a Many Plumed Moth in the genus
Alucita.  According to BugGuide:  “larvae are associated with snowberry (Symphoricarpos spp.; Caprifoliaceae) in the north, and honeysuckle (Lonicera spp.) in California” so we are deducing you must have those plants nearby to account for the large numbers of adult moths.

Thanks Daniel
Yes we have lots of snowberry growing in the meadows by our cabin, which the Ruffed Grouse love to eat in the fall.
Larry

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Subject: Strange/awesome stick bug
Location: Oakland, Ca
April 24, 2014 9:40 am
Bay area, California, April 24th, 2014
Found on car door in garage. What kind of bug is it? Can’t find anything that looks similar to it. Sent the little guy on its way after snapping the pic.
Signature: Thank you!

Plume Moth

Plume Moth

We believe this is one of the Plume Moths in the family Pterophoridae, though the wings appear to be at a 90 degree angle to one another and we are used to seeing them at a straight 180 degree angle, which when combined with the body gives the resemblance to the letter T, causing people to call them T-Bugs.

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Subject: Strange winged insect form Saudi Arabia
Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
April 17, 2014 1:47 pm
Dear Bugman,
I found this strange looking creature in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in April 2014. Could you identify this insect?
Thank you.
Signature: Edgar Agustin

Plume Moth

Plume Moth

Hi Edgar,
This is a Plume Moth in the family Pterophoridae.

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Subject: This looks like a mosquito
Location: Enterprise, AL
December 3, 2013 2:00 pm
This looks like a mosquito with horns. Found in my kitchen in Enterprise Alabama. Just curious of what it is.
Signature: Timothy Murray

Plume Moth

Plume Moth

Hi Timothy,
The best we can do is to provide a family identification.  This is a Plume Moth in the family Pterophoridae, and it is often very difficult to identify individuals to the genus or species level.  See BugGuide for additional information on the Plume Moths.

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Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: Culver City, California, USA
November 17, 2013 3:08 pm
I took this photo a couple of years ago, and I still don’t know what it is. The bug is on my kitchen wind (you can see the blinds in the background, which indicate the bug was about 4 inches long.
Signature: Terry

Plume Moth

Plume Moth

Hi Terry,
This is a Plume Moth in the family Pterophoridae, which according to BugGuide, is:  “A distinctive family of moths, but difficult to identify to genus or species.”  Many people write to us referring to Plume Moths at T-Bugs.  In our opinion, your estimation of the size of this Plume Moth being four inches is quite an exaggeration as they rarely exceed two inches in wingspan.

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