Photo by Melody

BugFiles How-to's: What is this?

Communities > Forums > BugFiles How-to's
Forum: BugFiles How-to'sReplies: 1, Views: 15
Add to Bookmarks

April 24, 2012
3:58 PM

Post #9096264

This is a bug I have never seen before, does anyone know what it is? It was in my garden in Central France. It's some sort of hammerhead stick insect... Very fascinating! :)

Thumbnail by Dondons
Click the image for an enlarged view.

Churchill, Victoria
(Zone 10a)

May 22, 2012
2:30 PM

Post #9133913

I apologise for being so slow to respond. We were struck by lightning and I have been off the internet for nearly a month.

Your interesting creature is rather surprisingly a moth.

It is one of the Plume Moths in the family Pterophoridae:

These have their wings divided into two or more feathers. When at rest you only seem to see one very narrow pair of wings. This picture I took by flash, while one was flapping its wings, shows the wings spread and shows the two components of both fore and hind wings:


You cannot post until you register and login.

Other BugFiles How-to's Threads you might be interested in:

SubjectThread StarterRepliesLast Post
Welcome to the BugFiles discussion forum! dave 34 Sep 30, 2013 11:48 AM
Bug identification QC palmbob 9 Jul 22, 2007 9:22 PM
Help to identify please Dea 3 May 3, 2007 11:26 PM
Search feature? melody 40 May 9, 2007 10:17 PM
BugFiles searching Joan 3 May 3, 2007 11:40 PM

Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Cookie Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2015 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.

Hope for America