Thursday, May 31, 2012

Plume Moths

A distinctive family of moths (Pterophoridae) that fold up their wings and hold them perpendicular to their body when at rest.  The wings are actually more elaborate than they appear; the forewings are deeply divided into two lobes, while the hind wings are typically divided into three lobes.

There are about 150 species in North America.  Easy to recognize as a family, but identification to species is very challenging.
In general, information about these moths is lacking.  But this seems to be a good time of year to look for them, all three of these pictures were taken today.  I had my eye out for moth photography opportunities, but I wasn't looking for Plume Moths in particular.