Litter Moth

Subject: What is This Little Guy?
Location: South Western Wisconsin
July 10, 2016 8:25 am
I found this bug on my door handle outside of my home. I’ve yet to find out what kind of bug it is and I’m very curious as I have never seen such a weird looking insect.
Thank you for you time!
Signature: Sincerely, Alli J.

Litter Moth
Litter Moth

Dear Alli J.,
The first time we received an image of such a long legged moth, we were totally stumped until a reader wrote in that it was a Litter Moth in the genus
Palthis.  Interestingly, though there a many images for the genus on BugGuide, very few show the front legs extended, and this BugGuide image is the closest we can find that looks like your individual.  Moth Photographers Group also has images, but none show the legs extended as in your image.

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