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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.

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.

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.

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.

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?
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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.

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