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Subject:  What is this moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Colorado Mountains
Date: 08/30/2018
Time: 12:13 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I have these in my house and need to know what they are. They are pretty small.
How you want your letter signed:  Toni

Many Plumed Moth

Dear Toni,
This is a Many Plumed Moth in the family Alucitidae and according to BugGuide:  “wings consist of unusual and diagnostic feather-like plumes (rigid spines from which radiate flexible bristles), normally spread apart like a fan when the moth is at rest; there are six plumes per wing, for a total of twenty-four.”  You have no cause for concern because moths that are considered Household Pests do damage during the larval stages and according to BugGuide:  “larvae are borers in fruits, flowers, buds, or stems of host plant larvae feed on honeysuckle (
Lonicera spp.) and snowberry (Symphoricarpos spp.), both of which are in the family Caprifoliaceae.” 

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Subject:  Odd bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Washington State, USA
Date: 12/15/2017
Time: 08:07 PM EDT
Weird looking bug, body shaped like a T with the head just above the cross section. I believe 4 legs, which is odd for an insect like thing, two antennae I think, and two small extensions off the end of the main body. It’s about the area of a quarter and has been hanging out on my door frame for at least 24 hours. It’s December 15th, about 4:30pm when I took the photos.
How you want your letter signed:  Tim Davis

Plume Moth

Dear Tim,
This is a Plume Moth in the family Pterophoridae, and based on this and other BugGuide images, we believe it is a Morning Glory Plume Moth.

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Subject:  White Insect
Geographic location of the bug:  The philippines
Date: 11/19/2017
Time: 05:24 AM EDT
Hi, I found this bug of about 1.5cm in one of the clothes drying outside. I was just curious to what it is..It looks like a white  mosquito with wings straight outwards perpendicular to its body.
It is currently the rainy season in the philippines.
How you want your letter signed:  G.L.B

Plume Moth

Dear G.L.B.,
This is a Plume Moth in the family Pterophoridae.

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Subject:  What the?
Geographic location of the bug:  LA
Date: 09/18/2017
Time: 11:21 AM EDT
My friend posted this on Facebook trying to figure out what this is
How you want your letter signed:  My friend posted this on Facebook trying to figure out what this is

Plume Moth

This is one of the most beautiful images we have seen of a Plume Moth in the family Pterophoridae. 

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Subject: Feathered Fly
Location: Minnesota
July 9, 2017 12:16 pm
This little guy is sitting on my patio door here in Minnesota. He doesn’t move. I have not seen a bug like this before or at least one with its wings open like this. I’m curious to know what it is.
Signature: Becky O

Plume Moth

Dear Becky O,
This is not a feathered fly.  It is a Plume Moth, a member of the family Pterophoridae, and upon glancing through BugGuide, we believe we may have identified the species as
Geina sheppardi.  According to BugGuide:  “Larvae feed on wild grape (Vitis).”

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Subject: Creepy stick insect
Location: Antwerp, Belgium
April 2, 2017 12:41 am
Hi!
I live in Antwerp and yesterday when I started to work there was a weird looking insect on the window. I’ve never seen it before. Can you identify it?
Signature: Linda

Plume Moth

Dear Linda,
This is a Plume Moth in the family Pterophoridae.  People frequently write to us trying to get a “T Bug” identified.

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