Twenty-plume Moth - Alucita hexadactyla
Wingspan 14-16 mm. The English name of this unusual little moth is something of a misnomer, as each wing is separated into 6 'plumes'. The scientific name is more accurate, meaning 'six-fingered'. It is the only British member of its family.
Gardens and open woodland.
It can be found in the adult stage at almost any time of year, it is nocturnal and attracted to light.
The larva feeds on the leaves and buds of Honeysuckle.
It is fairly common throughout Britain. In the Butterfly Conservation’s Microlepidoptera Report 2011 this species was classified as common.
Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. L&R Moth Group status = A (common and resident)
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