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Feathered Thorn.

Observed: 2nd November 2013 By: moremothmoremoth’s reputation in Invertebratesmoremoth’s reputation in Invertebratesmoremoth’s reputation in Invertebratesmoremoth’s reputation in Invertebratesmoremoth’s reputation in Invertebrates
Feathered Thorn.
Description:

A moth in my garden light trap. I encouraged it to shift position but that wing stayed out of place.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Feathered Thorn (Colotois pennaria) interacts

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Hi Moremoth,

The forewing and hindwing are ‘zipped’ together by an arragement of hooks and bristles called the frenulum.
If they become detached, as in your moth, you can usually re-attach them by pushing the hindwing back under the forewing with a toothpick or similar then your moth can fly off happily into the sunset.

DD

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Thanks!

It flew off even without such help ...

Bill

Bill Welch