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

 

Buff-throated Purpletuft (Lodopleura pipra)

…a small species of tityrid that is endemic to the Atlantic forest in eastern Brazil. Buff-throated purpletufts feed almost exclusively on mistletoe berries and their populations will move with their seasonal fruiting. However, they will also eat other fruits and various small insects as well. Breeding likely occurs from July to October and only a single egg is laid.

Although L.pipra is listed as near threatened by the IUCN it is facing severe threats from habitat loss.

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Passeriformes-Tityridae-Lodopleura-L.pipra

Image(s): Rick elis.simpson

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