Plume Moth

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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