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The Cutest Moth Ever

May 13th, 2016

The Cutest Moth Ever

The Venezuelan Poodle Moth was discovered in 2009 and has been extensively photographed since then, but surprisingly not many people seemed to acknowledge the strangeness of this bug’s features until recently.  Even if you have a fear of creepy-crawlies it cannot be denied that this bug is cute.

The Poodle Moth was discovered by Dr. Arthur Anker of Kyrgyzstan while visiting a Venezuelan Park.  The moth has been described as having a fuzzy white coat, Bulging Black Eyes and a strange looking antennae.  The bug looks a bit like a snowflake.  The Moth is so unique looking that researchers are having a hard time finding other similar looking bugs that are closely related.

The Venezuelan Poodle moth is similar to the Muslin Moth in that both have fuzzy coats.  However the Muslin Moth is still too dissimilar to the Muslin Moth to be considered a relative of the same species.

Could it be that the Venezuelan Poodle Moth is an entirely new species of bug?  This is quite likely given how often entirely new species of bugs are found in the South American rain forest. What do you think?

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