|A plume moth at rest. Click on the photo to enlarge.|
Adult plume moths feed on flower nectar. Their larvae eat leaves, roots, or stems, depending on species. There are over 150 kinds in the continental United States and over 1000 kinds worldwide. All of them are in the family Pterophoridae. The photographs are of two different individuals. Both are about an inch long with wings about an inch across.
Moth sightings remind me of a poem by Mary Oliver called The Moths. Here are a few lines:
The wings of the moths catch the sunlight
and burn so brightly.
At night, sometimes,
they slip between the pink lobes
of the moccasin flowers and lie there till dawn,
in those dark halls of honey.
Sometimes you spend the night in dark halls of honey. Other times you spend the night on a door in Brooklyn. :-) JF