Many-plumed Moth

The Alucitidae or many-plumed moths are a family of Lepidoptera with unusually modified wings. Both fore- and hind-wings consist of about six rigid spines, from which radiate flexible bristles creating a structure similar to a bird’s feather.

The family is small with about 130 species described. Both in Britain and North America only one of these is found – Alucita hexadactyla. This smallish moth can often be found fluttering in the evening twilight or resting with its ‘wings’ outstretched. Its larvae feed on honeysuckle (Lonicera).