Artichoke Plume Moth

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!
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,

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