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Hi Jack, - please would you take a look at the attached image and let me know if you can identify it for me. I'd be most grateful if you are able to do this. I spotted this little creature when I was cleaning a teak wood piece of furniture at my home in south Thailand. We live in a small village called Ban Bothong near to the coast. The insect, if that's what it is was about 8 mm tall and appeared to be walking quite quickly for its tiny size. I've never seen anything like this before. Many thanks,
Kind regards,
Brian.

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Brian,

This is a moth belonging to a large assemblage of so-called "microlepidoptera", possibly one of the plume moths (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pterophoridae). However, I am not an expert in this group nor am I an an expert in Thailand insects so take this with a grain of salt! Eric Eaton in this section is better at "leps" and tropical insects than I.

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Jack DeAngelis

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I can answer questions in any area of entomology (study of insects, spiders, mites, ticks, and other terrestrial arthropods). Contact me about home and garden insects, insects that bite and sting, and insects that damage homes such as carpenter ants and termites.

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20 years as university extension entomologist, now retired; currently publish a website about home and garden insects.

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see www.livingwithbugs.com/resume.html

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Ph.D. in Entomology

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