The wingspan is 14–16 mm. Unlike a typical moth, which has two pairs of scaly wings, Alucita has about twenty thin feathery plumes (with scales on the supporting ribs). It perches with the wings outspread like a fan. The wings have a bold zigzag pattern in white, black and brown, which together with the shiny backward-pointing hairs on each plume make the adult moth distinctive.
The moth flies the whole year depending on the location. It is common and often found in gardens, but is readily overlooked because of its small size.
- Michael Chinery. Collins Complete Guide to British Insects. HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. 2005. ISBN 978-0-00-729899-0. Page 270.
- Photography Obsession. Twenty-plume Moth. http://www.photographyobsession.co.uk/gallery3/nature/animals/invertebrates/arthropods/insects/butterfies-moths/alucita-hexadactyla
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