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 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

 

Monkey Slug [Hag moth larvae] (Phobetron pithecium)

The monkey slug is a name for the caterpillar of the Hag moth which is found in North America. They get their unique name due the larvae’s six curly projections which camouflage it in the leaf litter. The Caterpillar will eat almost anything and has been recorded eating deciduous trees from apples to willows. When the caterpillar reaches adulthood the day flying female moth mimics a bee with pollen sacs (males mimic wasps).

Phylogeny

Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Lepidoptera-Limacodidae-Phobetron-pithecium

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