White Plume Moth

Pterophorus pentadactyla

White Plume Moth (Pterophorus pentadactyla)

A very unusual and most distinctive white feathery-winged moth belonging to the family of moths called Pterophoridae. This is one of the largest of the Plume moths, with wings divided into several feathered fingers. Wingspan 26 to 34mm.

White Plume Moth (Pterophorus pentadactyla)

The caterpillars feed on Bindweed.

The adults fly July to August, and sometimes there is a second generation in September. Easily disturbed during the day, and attracted to light. Found in gardens, rough ground, grassland, and fens. Common and widespread.


Photographs taken July 2011, rear garden, Staffordshire. Camera Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38. Β© Pete Hillman 2011.

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