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Plume moth

Geina tenuidactylus

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10 Comments

Maria dB
Maria dB 11 years ago

Nice shot!

Dragoon
Dragoon 11 years ago

I do apologize for earlier, the app on my phone posted my comment twice!

Dragoon
Dragoon 11 years ago

Thank you Injica and Mike!

MikeO'Connell
MikeO'Connell 11 years ago

Good shot!

injica
injica 11 years ago

Beautiful photo :)

Dragoon
Dragoon 11 years ago

Thank you Atul!

Very welcome! I love these guys, couldn't help but share!

Atul
Atul 11 years ago

Lovely Shot and thanks for the info !

Dragoon
Dragoon 11 years ago

Great thought Lauren! I'd be interested to see that; I would expect a better survival rate, even if it was just a small increase!

Thank you!

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 11 years ago

Wouldn't it be fun to try and prove whether this greater maneuverability provides them an advantage against bat predation.
Beautiful shot!

Dragoon
Dragoon 11 years ago

I want to add something I didn't get around to explaining-- the Plume moth is absolutely remarkable in flight.

They do not have a single wing surface, instead they have many branches that come out, which are covered in distinct fringes. These fringes overlay each other in such a way that when the wing beats downwards, each one moves independently, but as a single lifting surface, much like a normal wing. This means they actually have more control than a typical moth, unlike what would be expected from a moth with such fragile looking wings.

Dragoon
Spotted by
Dragoon

Pennsylvania, USA

Spotted on Jun 21, 2013
Submitted on Jun 21, 2013

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