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Many-plumed moth

Taken in Singapore.

The Alucitidae or many-plumed moths[1] are a family of moths with unusually modified wings. Both fore- and hind-wings consist of about six rigid spines, from which radiate flexible bristles creating a structure similar to a bird's feather.

This is a small family, with about a global total of 210 species described to date (though it is likely that some undescribed species remain to be discovered). They are found mostly in temperate to subtropical (but not tropical) regions. But they are rare even in parts of their core range; both in Great Britain and North America for example, only one species is found – the twenty-plume moth (Alucita hexadactyla) – and in the latter region, it is introduced. This smallish moth can often be found fluttering in the evening twilight or resting with its "wings" outstretched. Its larvae feed on honeysuckle (Lonicera). On the other hand, in Continental Europe a considerable number of species, mostly of the large genus Alucita, occur.
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1/125 second
Focal Length
50 mm
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Date Taken
Jan 16, 2021, 7:35:31 PM
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celdragon's avatar

Never heard of before and rather intriged, at first glance I thought it was another kind of spider not a flying insect.

isischneider's avatar

beautiful creature Wow, revision

pokemotiongu's avatar
How is this real? I thought moths and butterflys have insect wings, not Feathers, thats cool
aegiandyad's avatar

Interesting and well photographed.

MadetGheist's avatar

A beauty.

And hey, i thought you had abandoned dA, so it's great to see a new pic from you

DarkstripeShadowpaw's avatar

Such an amazing creature! Thanks so much for sharing.

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SmallCurryLeaf's avatar

weird ! I didn't know it could exist! thanks for sharing!

ClankerCommanderOOM9's avatar

I have never heard of this species group until I'd seen this photo.

bizzare and clandestine.

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