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I caught that little moth Surprise visit by The-Dude-L-Bug in a plastic capture container & took it outside. Snapped this just before it found the open end & flew off.
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Okavanga Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016
Took me a moment to get perspective on this, Jim, but I see it all now. So, what is with the feathery antennae? 

Magic capture.

David
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The-Dude-L-Bug Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Many types of moths have feathery looking antennae, but it's also a handy way to sex them.

I know it may sound sexist, but when it comes to reproduction, female moths get the easy part; They simply find a high place & just sit around showing off their sexy bits. This allows their specific pheromones to spread on the wind.
The males get to do the searching - often covering many miles looking for the lady moth.  
Since the antenna are the scent- sensing organs, the ones on the males are considerably more bushy.
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Okavanga Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016
Got it. The feathery nature is going to increase the surface area of the available for receptors in the antennae, and possibly the distribution and configuration of those receptors may allow for some "chemotaxis" if I recall the word correctly, allowing some direction finding. Love it.

David
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