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Alucita hexadactyla - Looking down on me  Alerdinck,Alucita,Alucita hexadactyla,Alucitidae,Lepidoptera,Twenty-plume Moth,moth week 2019,nl: Waaiermot Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

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  1. Spectacular!! I love the plumes! <3 Posted 8 months ago
    1. Yes, too bad we only have the one species, but it's always nice to see it again :o) Posted 8 months ago
  2. Nice! Plumes are so pretty! Posted 8 months ago
    1. Tried a different angle this time, or well ... it wasn't giving much else ;o) Posted 8 months ago
      1. It really looks like a hand-held fan in this position. Posted 8 months ago

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The Twenty-plume Moth is a "micromoth" of the many-plumed moth family . It is found in Europe and has been introduced into North America.

The wingspan is 14–16 mm. Unlike a typical moth, which has two pairs of scaly wings, ''Alucita'' has about twenty thin feathery plumes . It perches with the wings outspread like a fan. The wings have a bold zigzag pattern in white, black and brown, which together with the shiny backward-pointing hairs on each plume make the adult moth distinctive.
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Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
Species identified by Pudding4brains
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Uploaded Jul 22, 2019.