Sue Hendrie's picture

A "feathery" moth?

Observed: 1st June 2007 By: Sue HendrieSue Hendrie’s reputation in InvertebratesSue Hendrie’s reputation in InvertebratesSue Hendrie’s reputation in InvertebratesSue Hendrie’s reputation in Invertebrates
Moth on blind.jpg
Description:

I've never been able to find out what this moth, found in my house some years ago, is. It appeared to have "feathery" wings. Does anyone know anything about it?

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Twenty-Plume Moth (Alucita hexadactyla) interacts

Comments

Richard Dickson's picture

A "feathery moth"

Your insect is the Many-plume Moth, Alucita hexadactyla. Curiously, it is not that closely related to the 'true' plume moths. The moth hiberates, and the caterpillar feeds on honeysuckle. I think it has become rather more common lately, at least in my area. It appears inside the house from time to time.

Richard Dickson

Sue Hendrie's picture

Many-plume moth

Many thanks for the ID Richard - it was something I'd wondered about for a long time. I do have several honeysuckles growing in the vicinity of the French doors so I will look out for caterpillars.

Sue Hendrie