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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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Subject: odd looking insect
Location: macomb, michigan
November 17, 2013 4:14 pm
I noticed this flying around where I was working so I took a picture to see it in more detail. What is it?
Signature: thank you.

Plume Moth

Plume Moth

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.”  Your individual looks very similar to this member of the genus Geina that is pictured on BugGuide.

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Subject: 1x moth and 1x bug V
Location: Manchester UK
July 27, 2013 2:34 am
Hi, I found the moth in my kitchen. I havent seen one with the ribbing?? in its wings before, could you identify it. (sorry about poor picture).
the bug I find at my place of work, particularly in the summer. I think that is some kind of wood borer.
many thanks
Mike
Signature: Mike Bickley

Many Plumed Moth

Many Plumed Moth

Hi Mike,
We quickly identified your Many Plumed Moth,
Alucita hexadactyla, thanks to Norfolk Moths which states:  “The only British member of its family [Alucitidae]. Can occur any time between late winter and late autumn. Often found hibernating.  Gardens and woodland where foodplant (Honeysuckle) found.  Each wing is separated into 6 ‘plumes’, making the English name for this unusual little moth rather inaccurate!”

Thanks Daniel, really appreciate the ident. I have a lot of honeysuckle growing in my garden…….
regards
Mike

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Subject: determination
Location: Chomutov, Czech republic
July 27, 2013 3:30 pm
Hello dear Bugman,
Any idea what kind of animal this is?
Thanks, greetings,
Signature: Marije

Plume Moth

Plume Moth

Hi Marije,
This is a Plume Moth in the family Pterophoridae, and many members of the family have this distinctive “T” shape.

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Subject: Confused
Location: Uk, England, Bolton. In my bathroom.
July 18, 2013 9:52 pm
Hi,
I have no idea what this insect is on my bathroom blind. It looks so angelic. The wings are like feathers. But it still creeps me out cause i’m terrified of bugs. Although i still want to know what this is because i have never seen one before in my life. (Probably cause i don’t go out much). It’s summer at the moment and really hot outside.
Thank you
Signature: I don’t mind

White Plume Moth

White Plume Moth

This is a White Plume Moth, Pterophorus pentadactyla, and according to the UK Moths website:  “Probably the most distinctive of the ‘Plume’ moths, and one of the largest. Its wings are deeply divided into several ‘fingers’, each of which is finely feathered, or plumed.  Quite common over much of Britain, inhabiting dry grassland, waste ground and gardens.   The adults fly from dusk onwards in June and July, and sometimes have a second generation in September.  The caterpillars overwinter and feed on bindweed (Convolvulus).”

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