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

 

Elephant Beetle (Megasoma elephas)

….is a species of rhinoceros beetle found throughout Southern North America, Central America and South America. They get the name Elephant beetle not from their size but from the large horn that the males sport, which looks similar to an elephants proboscis. Females lack this horn as it is primarily used by males to fight other males in breeding. Elephant beetles are mainly active at night where they feed on the sap of trees and fruits.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Coleoptera-Scarabaeidea-Dynastinae-Megasoma-elephas

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