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Plume moth

Plume moth
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Copyright: Paulo Tcr (tcr) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 1000D, Canon 50mm f/1.8 II, Extension Tube
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-10-14 13:55
Viewed: 3252
Points: 10
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Plume moth.

The Pterophoridae or plume moths are a family of Lepidoptera with unusually modified wings. Though they belong to the Apoditrysia like the larger moths and the butterflies, unlike these they are tiny and were formerly included among the assemblage called "Microlepidoptera".

Description and ecology.

The forewings of plume moths usually consist of two curved spars with more or less bedraggled bristles trailing behind. This resembles the closely related Alucitidae (many-plumed moths) at first glance, but the latter have a greater number of symmetrical plumes. The hindwings are similarly constructed, but have three spars. A few genera have normal lepidopteran wings.

The usual resting posture is with the wings extended laterally and narrowly rolled up. Often they resemble a piece of dried grass, and may pass unnoticed by potential predators even when resting in exposed situations in daylight. Some species have larvae which are stem- or root-borers while others are leaf-browsers.


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Excellent nature shot of this moth. I think I may have seen one or two here and there but in 'real life'.

Nice shot. Legs of this insect is very interesting. By the way, Flowers is Lobularia sp. TFS

Kind regards

Hola Paulo

Preciosa composición de este insecto y estas preciosas flores blancas, hay que ver este insecto con esas alas tan pequeñas y que pueda volar aunque no muy bien. Perfeta macro con contastes excelntes, colores estupendos y gran nitidez.

Un saludo de Antonio

Excellent shot, especially the POV and the BG. Keep sharing

Ciao Paulo, great macro of strange moth, wonderful details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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