The thin body and wings give the Plume Moth its distinct T-shape.
Their thin body and 'T' shape make the Plume Moth unique. Their wings have the appearance of a bird's plume (feathers) and when at rest, the moth rolls both wings into a rod shape. The result is an unusual profile for a moth. When perched, they resemble a vintage propeller airplane.
They are members of the Micromoth Family and the size proves it. Like other moths, Plume Moths are most active at night, but they can be seen near pollen sources during the day. Adults drink flower nectar.
Larvae roll leaves and then eat them. They also bore into the stems of plants, which harms the plant and makes the caterpillar a 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.