The distinct T-shaped body of the Plume Moth has it looking like a primitive model airplane more than a moth.
A Plume Moth's narrow body and tightly collapsed wings create a unique 'T' shape. When spread, the wings have the appearance of a bird's plume of feathers and when at rest, the moth rolls both wings into a rod shape. It makes for an unusual profile. When perched, the moth almost resembles a vintage propeller airplane.
Plume Moths are members of the Micromoth Family and their diminutive size acknowledges that. Like other moths, Plume Moths are most active at night, but they can also be seen near pollen sources during the day. Adults drink flower nectar. Larvae roll leaves and then eat through them. They also bore into the stems of plants, which harms the plant and makes the caterpillar a bit of a garden pest.
Scientific Name: Hellinsia homodactyla
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 6mm to 50mm (0.23in to 1.95in)
Colors: White; gray
Descriptors: T, flying, cross, tee, feathery, skinny
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Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and proboscis.
Thorax: Home to the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Abdomen: Contains vital internal organs such as the heart(s) and reproduction facilities.
Forewing: The upper, forward wing pair used for flying.
Hindwing: The lower, rearward wing pair used for flying.
NOTE: Butterflies and Moths are part of the Lepidopteran order as they share many similarities.