An unusual small moth, this Alucita hexadactyla's wings appear to be comprised of lots of individual 'feathers' all sprouting from the thorax. Actually the latin name means "six fingered" because there are technically six "plumes" on each side, though the common name "Twenty-plume moth" seems to make more sense to me, though not as much sense as "Twenty-four-plume moth" would, if my counting abilities are worth anything (though admittedly some plumes aren't very clear)!

It feeds on Honeysuckle, well the caterpillar does, and is fairly common in the UK all year round.

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  1. That’s fascinating – it looks like a peacock’s tail.

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