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Bizarre Nature creation — Venezuelan poodle moth (5 real photos)

Alexander Alexeenko - 16.03.20

Nature knows how to surprise! Sometimes the living organisms created by it cause genuine interest. How they, having an unusual appearance, can exist with such a complex space. How do they manage to survive the dangers of survival? You involuntarily ask these questions, looking at some creations of Mother Nature.

11 years ago, Dr. Arthur Anker from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, traveled to the Gran Sabana region, situated in Venezuela. The doctor’s camera photographed a real miracle that haunts and remains a mystery to entomologists. Unique-looking insect, belongs to the genus of Lepidoptera genius Artace. Some experts say that the insect is confused with online images of other furry moths, such as Bombyx mori.


The amazing Venezuelan moth poodle is still an almost complete mystery to entomologists. This incredibly unique looking insect first appeared in 2009. The name comes from comparing its rather distinctive appearance with a hybrid of a moth and a poodle. At the moment, entomologists know almost nothing about it. However, some assumptions can be considered quite accurate.

1. Poodle moth — a fact or a mystery


Dr. Arthur Anker photographed a whimsical poodle moth 11 years ago, travelling in Venezuela. Dr. Anker took 75 photographs of unusual species, but only a few of them are available for viewing. In particular, the Venezuelan moth poodle remains an almost complete mystery to scientists. Measurements from Dr. Anker’s photographs show that the unique Lepidoptera is about 1 inch (2.5 cm) long. The amazing appearance, coupled with a lack of factual information, has also led to its being touted as an alleged fraud on the Internet. In the scientific community, no one questions the existence of original photographs.

Experts also believe that the Venezuelan moth poodle may be a relative of the furry muscular moth, based on its appearance. However, the expeditions that visited the region again could not detect this unusual insect. As if a poodle moth is in no hurry to part with loneliness and wants to hide itself from publicity, as Joe Rogan protects his family from paparazzi cameras.


2. The distribution, habitat and ecology of the poodle moth

so far, the only known examples of a Venezuelan poodle moth live in Venezuela, in South America. More precisely, it lives in the Canaima National Park. The region includes fairly diverse types of habitats, any of which can support the population of this unique moth. These habitats include a humid forest and high rocky plateaus, known as tepui. An accurate classification of this rather remarkable invertebrate remains impossible at the moment due to lack of information. Nevertheless, he has a strong external resemblance to the muslin moth, so experts believe that he is a representative of the genus Artace.

It was compared to a fluffy dog, a Pokémon character and the villain Power Rangers - but be that as it may, the Venezuelan moth-poodle captured the Internet, like Motra, in a bad Japanese movie. Now experts must find out exactly where this butterfly belongs to the tree of life.

The first thing to emphasize is that poodle moths are not a fake mixture, such as jackalope, dog stick or chupacabra. Its cute, fluffy, scary look is fully consistent with what is expected from a neotropical decorative moth. In fact, cryptozoologist Karl Schucker discovered a similar picture of a white fuzzy creature known as Diaphora mendica, or a muslin moth, a member of the Arctiidae family of lepidopterans.


A poodle moth looks even more bizarre than a regular muslin moth. This is largely due to the fact that a few years ago, zoologist Arthur Anker from the Federal University of Ceara in Brazil took a picture taken by him in the Gran Sabana region in the Canaima National Park of Venezuela. This almost indifferent prospect, without any sense of scale, prompted by Rosa Golyan to compare the beetle with the villain Power Rangers — for example, Finster, a faithful servant of Rita Repulse.

However, if this spectacular beast is really a neotropic relative of the muslin moth, it is much kinder: such moths feed on herbaceous plants and cause little trouble. They are also relatively small: the wingspan of a muslin moth is a little over an inch (according to the UKmoths website, from 28 to 38 millimeters).

Shuker would like to write down the exact name of the flying poodle species: “Is he really a member of Arctiidae or is his taxonomic relationship somewhere else? Could this even be a species not yet described by science?


The fact that there are so many species of moths in the Arctiidae family — an estimated 11,000 species around the world, including 6,000 known species in the neotropical region — makes it difficult to classify this particular insect unless there is an actual specimen in hand that can be selected for genetic analysis.

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