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Artichoke Plume Moth

Platyptilia carduidactyla


Brightly colored Plume Moth, 1 cm in length. Each species of plume moths has its own peculiar way of holding the abdomen and hind legs when at rest. This one curls the abdomen upwards and holds the hind legs out straight underneath. Family Pterophoridae, subfamily: Platyptiliinae. This link has a great picture of the underwings, which are rarely seen:


Garden lights, semi-rural residential area, San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico 2,200 meters.


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Tukup 4 years ago

Incredible clarity on these shots Lauren. Thanks so much for sharing.

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 4 years ago

What a delicate beauty! Great spotting, Lauren.

Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom 4 years ago

Another fabulous Spotting Lauren !!! Love the way plume moths rest their wings. Little hammerhead sharks !! :)

LaurenZarate 4 years ago

Thank you ornithoptera80, you are right! So glad to know. Thank you Mark and Neil, ornithoptera has given us a species name, and its a major pest!

Ornithoptera80 4 years ago

Looks like an artichoke plume moth amazing spotting!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 4 years ago

What a funny little creature. Wonderful spotting, Lauren. I hope you find an ID for this spotting.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Lovely photos Lauren. Crisp and clear. So hard to get these right on focus... scrawny little critters. Species still unknown?

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San Cristóbal, Chiapas, Mexico

Spotted on Jul 15, 2019
Submitted on Jul 19, 2019

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