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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

 

Common Smokey Honeyeater (Melipotes fumigatus)

…a species of honeyeater that is endemic to New Guinea, where it occurs in the Central Ranges across the length of the island as well as two isolated populations in the northwest and north. Like other honeyeaters this species’s diet consists primarily of nectar.

Melipotes fumigatus has three known subspecies all of which are distinct in range. M.f.kumawa which is restricted to the southern Bomberai Peninsula. M.f.goliathi which is found in the Weyland Mountains to the west. And the nominate subspecies M.f.fumigatus which is found in the eastern Herzog Mountains.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Passeriformes-Meliphagidae-Melipotes-M.fumigatus

Images: Nancy Bell and markaharper1

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