Grass Tubeworm Moth

Another in the unexpectedly immense category of “little brown moths”, Acrolophus arcanella has some neat geometric patterns and — well, I’m sure that real entomologists don’t call it a “pompadour”, but it’s a neat little lion’s mane of fluffy scales on the back of the head and “shoulders”.

The name Acrolophus actually comes from the Greek άχρόλοφος, meaning “that which carries a plume to the extremity”. This is supposed to reference that “the palpi are covered with elongated scales up to the extremity”, differentiating this genus from the other Tineidae.

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