I was browsing through The Scientist and came across this image of a Venezuelan poodle moth that I could not resist sharing:
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.
Leucanella maasseni, which looks like it could be related to batman (from this view at least):
Lymantria alexandrae (Lymantriidae), just look at those antennae:
To see more, just visit Arthur's site on flickr.
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These all looks very different. I can't see any where. Lymantria alexandrae Is soo cute. It look like normal butterful. Thanks Dr.Dolittle.
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. ;-)
I was thinking the same thing. Thank you for the laugh Alexandra!
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!
WOW, is that second one a Metapod?
no one else gets it?