Sunday, June 04, 2006

Twenty-plume moth (Alucita hexadactyla)

A little visitor to our windowpane last night was a twenty-plume moth, Alucita hexadactyla. This species is the only British member of the family Alucitidae. The adults are very long-lived, emerging in August before going into hibernation and reappearing in May and June.

The larvae live in the flowers of honeysuckle where they feed mainly on pollen and move from flower to flower.

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