A Six Plume Moth
This tiny, ~12mm wingspan, moth also has the common name of the Montana Six Plume moth. The larva feed on species of Lonicera of which there are native and introduced plants nearby. This Alucita montana was found resting on my weather station screen. I initially thought it was part of a new and unusual “icon”!
''Alucita montana'', the Montana six-plume moth, is a moth of the family Alucitidae. It was described by William Barnes and Arthur Ward Lindsey in 1921. It is found in North America from south-western Quebec and Vermont, west to British Columbia and south to Arizona, California and Texas.
The wingspan is 11–16 mm. The forewings are crossed by a wide median band, margined narrowly with white, which forks on the first two lobes. There is another band nearer the base on the first lobe.. more