ABH 44.001

Twenty-plume Moth Alucita hexadactyla

BF 1288

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Family

Alucitidae

Wingspan

14-16 mm.
   

Description

Wing is separated into 6 'plumes'. Unlike a typical moth, which has two pairs of scaly wings, Alucita has about twenty thin feathery plumes. Wings have bold zigzag pattern in white, black and brown, which together with the shiny backward-pointing hairs on each plume Combination of size and plumed fore- and hindwings, with each divided into six plumes, is unique.

   

Life Cycle

Larva feeds on buds and leaves of Honeysuckle (Lonicera)and Perfoliate Honeysuckle., and the moth is nocturnal and attracted to light nd can be found in the adult stage at almost any time of year.

 

Habitat

Common in gardens and open woodland
   

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Garden carpet 29328