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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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Subject: Odd bodied filing insect
Location: Upstate New York
November 19, 2016 9:29 am
Hi,
I was out walking the dogs this morning, and on my way back in the front door I seen this little guy on the window. Being the curious person I am, I started surfing the Web trying to find an identifier that included this. We recently moved to upstate new York and have had some run ins with odd insects, can you help figure this one out for us?
Signature: Kricket

Possibly Morning Glory Plume Moth

Possibly Morning Glory Plume Moth

Dear Kricket,
This is a Plume Moth in the family Pterophoridae.  As you can see on BugGuide, there are “147 species in 26 genera in North America.”  It might be the Morning Glory Plume Moth,
Emmelina monodactyla, based on this BugGuide page.  Our readers frequently refer to Plume Moths as T-Bugs.

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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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