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Family Callidulidae: An unusual family of moths known as "Old World Butterfly-moths. Callidulids are a family of butterfly like moths which are distributed throughout southeast Asia and Oceania. Callidulids can exhibit both day and night flying behavior and typically hold their wings over thier backs like butterflies. Thier closest relatives are know truly known but they are thought to be close to hook-tip and geometer moths.

Image: L. Shyamal

 

Ribbon-Tailed Astrapia (Astrapia mayeri)

is a species of Bird-of-paradise native to the subalpine highlands of western Papua New Guinea. The male of this species is noted for his two long tail feather tail feathers which he uses in display. These tail feathers are the longest in relation to body size in any bird, they can grow up to three times the length of the birds body. This species is the latest of the birds of paradise to be described  being discovered by Jack Hides in the 1930’s.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Passeriformes-Paradisaeidae-Astrapia-mayeri

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