Monday, November 8, 2010

Montana Six-plume Moth - Alucita montana

At only about 10mm in size, this little moth flutters about quite gracefully. It's only when I photographed it that I saw its real beauty and understand how it got the last part of its name.
I found this one when we were down visiting southern Saskatchewan in September.


Ariel Gordon said...


Claire said...

Amazing! Are the wings actually single plumes with side hairs? similar to the developement of a feather?

Harvey Schmidt said...

Yes the wings each have six fringed plume-like segments.

Amazing indeed!