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    Plume Moth - (Hellinsia homodactyla)

    The tiny, .

    Staff Writer (1/24/2017): 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.

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    Plume Moth

    Category: Butterfly or Moth
    Common name: Plume Moth
    Scientific Name: Hellinsia homodactyla

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Lepidoptera
          Family: Pterophoridae
           Genus: Hellinsia
            Species: homodactyla

    Size (Adult, Length): 6mm to 50mm (0.24in to 1.97in)

    Identifying Colors: White; gray

    Additional Descriptors: T, flying, cross, tee, feathery, skinny

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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