Venezuelan poodle moth and others

I was browsing through The Scientist and came across this image of a Venezuelan poodle moth that I could not resist sharing:

Image by: Arthur Anker on flickr
What is interesting about this particular moth is that scientists are currently trying to figure out exactly what type of moth it is (its phylogeny). Needless to say, the image of this fluffy moth has gone viral. The flickr website by Dr. Arthur Anker, a Zoologist, contains photos of numerous other beautiful butterflies and moths.
Other favorites:
Leucanella maasseni, which looks like it could be related to batman (from this view at least):

Image by Arthur Anker on flickr

Lymantria alexandrae (Lymantriidae), just look at those antennae:

Lymantria alexandrae (Lymantriidae) moth, image by Arthur Anker on flickr

To see more, just visit Arthur’s site on flickr.
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  1. #1 Peggy Lee
    August 30, 2012

    These all looks very different. I can’t see any where. Lymantria alexandrae Is soo cute. It look like normal butterful. Thanks Dr.Dolittle.

    gotowe prace

  2. #2 Alexandra M
    August 30, 2012

    No. 2 is actually a Stealth Moth developed by the United States military. Its deployment has been delayed until its developers can figure out how to get it to stop flying into porch lights. 😉

  3. #3 Dr. Dolittle
    August 31, 2012

    I was thinking the same thing. Thank you for the laugh Alexandra!

  4. #4 J. Anthony Carter
    September 2, 2012

    I’ll bet you both weren’t aware the Lymantria alexandrae was also developed at the Skunk Works by the U.S. military too. It’s the miniturized version of the AWACS!

  5. #5 Kristyn Nikole
    Small Town, Kansas
    September 2, 2012

    WOW, is that second one a Metapod?
    no one else gets it?