White Plume Moth

The White Plume Moth (Pterophorus pentadactylus) is an insect in the Pterophoridae family of moths.

The White Plume Moth is white – with white wings and a white body. Each of its hind (back) wings is divided into three thin feathery plumes. Each of its front wings is divided into two thin feathery plumes. It looks like it has five feathery fingers on each side of its body. It has long white antennae and white legs.

White Plume Moth

It has a wingspan of 2-4 centimetres (1 to 1.5 inches).

It is found in Africa, Asia and Europe. It is seen from June to August in grasslands.

The adult moth feeds on nectar. The larvae (grubs) feed on plants. It is nocturnal, active mostly at dusk.

The female lays eggs on the surface of leaves. The eggs hatch into larvae. The larvae (caterpillars) eat leaves and pupate. Adult moths emerge from the pupae. This process is called metamorphosis.

Location of photographs: Paris, France

Photographer: Martina Nicolls


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