Last night as I sat at the computer I noticed a slight motion just to my left. A tiny moth (measuring about a quarter of an inch from wingtip to wingtip) had landed on the desk beside me. It had a rather pleasing silverish look to its wings, which also seemed to have an unusual configuration. It stayed around long enough for a photo. I had never noticed anything with that kind of wing before. Today, it took me over an hour to identify it: (my skills at identifying insects are sadly under par). After looking at 235 pages of insect photos, on the very last page, the very last photo, was a picture of Alucita montana, a Six-plume moth.
I discovered (as I’m sure you did) that it’s rather widespread and not exactly “rare”, but given its size and coloration, I think it would be extremely difficult to see – even in plain sight. I’ve never seen anything like it, for sure. Your photo is much better than the ones I found, too, but that’s no surprise at all! I’m so glad it was willing to hang around to have its portrait made!
If that isn’t the most unusual moth! I know what you mean by looking up the identity. Ducks are my weak suit — I never get the type right unless it is a mallard male! Interesting desk color you have — a bit of turquoise?
I saw on a web site that their range is “southwestern Quebec and Vermont, west to British Columbia, south to Arizona, California, and Texas”. They are probably very common, but usually un-noticed because of their small size.