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A Curious Moth

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A Curious Moth

Out in the garden checking the lilies for lily beetles (aka. red devils) we happened upon this curious looking insect. As you will see from the photograph it is clearly a lepidopteran but a very strange one indeed. hanging as it was under e lily leaf with its wings seemingly rolled up and quite immobile I at first took for an ex-insect – until it flew off when blown upon.

So what was it? A bit of research established that this is a Pterophorid, or Plume Moth – a quite large group most of which are agricultural pests as their larvae burrow in the roots of plants. I thought it might be an Artichoke Plume Moth but my friend Chris, who is a an entomologist by profession, tells me that t’s a Rose Plume Moth (Cnaemidophorus rhododactyla) rather tricky these insects as there are several very similar species and these seem to be the sort of insects that you need a microscope to get down to species level.  There is more, if interested at http://goo.gl/1hX0jF

Anyway – jolly interesting. Critters are interesting.

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By | 2016-06-26T19:21:53+00:00 June 26th, 2016|garden, insects, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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