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Moth  Plume Moths

Brown Wood Plume - Photo  Copyright 2003 G. Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

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You can find out what type of moths are living in your area with the help of a humane moth trap - click here

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Latin name:
Stenoptilia pterodactyla

Size: Wingspan approximately 25mm.

Distribution:
Found throughout the UK.

Months seen: May to October.

Habitat: Hedgerows, woodland edges and gardens.

Food: Caterpillars feed on germander speedwell.

Special features: There are about 35 different species of plume moths in the UK. The one in the photo above is commonly known as the Brown Wood Plume.

Unlike other moths their wings are reduced to just a few feathery plumes - hence the name. When resting, most species roll their plumes around each other and hold them at right angles to the body, forming a T-shape.

They have slender bodies, and their legs are usually long and spiky. They are all nocturnal and readily attracted to light.



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