Hi, I'm Andrew and I’m just a simple 19 year old guy and zoology student that posts random factoids about obscure animals and general animal science/zoology/biology stuff so if you like animals this is the place for you, if you only like cute animals this is not the place for you… Also I can ID any animals you might need identified (just submit them to me).

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Family Polioptilidae: A family of passerine birds commonly known as "Gnatcatchers". All gnatcatchers are native to the New World, being found in both North and South America. Gnatcatchers are close relatives of the wrens and some species are known as "Gnatwrens".

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Comet moth (Argema mitteri)

Also known as the Madagascan moon moth, the Comet moth is a large species of moth native to Madagascar. The male comet moth can grow fairly large with an impressive 20 centimeter wingspan. These moths are usually found in wet and rainy rainforests this presents a problem for the moth’s pupating young as too much water could drown them in their cocoon. To prevent drowning, the moths cocoon is full of small holes that water can drain out of. However most of the moths life is spent as a pupa and the adult cannot feed and only lives for 5 days in-order to reproduce.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Lepidoptera-Saturniidae-Argema-mittrei

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