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".

Image: Erikwlyon

 

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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