Animals Venezuelan Poodle Moth

Published on July 11th, 2013 | by James Ayre

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Venezuelan Poodle Moth — Facts, Hoax, Pictures

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July 11th, 2013 by

The Venezuelan Poodle Moth — the almost unreal looking subject of the popular meme — is believe it or not, a real animal, not a hoax. The species was only recently identified, in 2009, but there are actually quite a few rather closely related moth species that look just as interesting/strange.

Image Credit: Poodle Moth via Flickr CC

Image Credit: Poodle Moth via Flickr CC

The Venezuelan Poodle Moth — Artace sp, possibly A. cribaria — was first described in 2009 by Dr Arthur Anker of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, who found the species in the Gran Sabana region of Venezuela. The species superficially appears to be closely related to the Muslin Moth — Diaphora mendica.

The species almost definitely belongs to the family Lasiocampidae, and most likely belongs to the genus Artace, or perhaps another genus closely related to Artace. While it’s possible that it may be a subspecies of Artace cribraria — which is presumed to range from northern North America down to to Argentina — it seems more likely that it may be a different species. There are somewhere around 10-15 South American species of Artace that have been scientifically described so far, so it may be one of those, or possibly a regional subspecies, or a species which has yet to be scientifically described.


Beyond that, there isn’t really much else known about the species currently, unfortunately…

Image Credit: Screen Capture

Image Credit: Screen Capture

So all that’s left to say is enjoy the pictures – I’ve included some images of related and interesting looking species below. :)

Muslin Moth Image Credit: Silkmoth via Wikimedia Commons

Muslin Moth
Image Credit: Silkmoth via Wikimedia Commons

Goat Moth Image Credit: Goat Moth via Flickr CC

Goat Moth
Image Credit: Goat Moth via Flickr CC

White Moth Image Credit: Screen Capture

White Moth
Image Credit: Screen Capture

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  • Toasty

    Please, this is obviously a pokemon.

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Haha :DD

  • Toasty

    Please, this is obviously a pokemon.

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      Haha :DD

  • Humanism is balance

    D’Aww! So cute!

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      :D

  • Humanism is balance

    D’Aww! So cute!

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      :D

  • Johanne

    Oh! That thing looks sooooo sweet! NOT. If I find one of those in my house OUT COMES THE RAID!!!

  • Johanne

    Oh! That thing looks sooooo sweet! NOT. If I find one of those in my house OUT COMES THE RAID!!!

  • Mr_FJ

    “Venezuelan Poodle Moth — Facts, Hoax, And Video” … “AND VIDEO”, Where?

  • Mr_FJ

    “Venezuelan Poodle Moth — Facts, Hoax, And Video” … “AND VIDEO”, Where?

  • Vuggenozzim Weihenstephaner

    Now that’s what I call a MILF.
    A Moth, I’d Like To Find.

  • Vuggenozzim Weihenstephaner

    Now that’s what I call a MILF.
    A Moth, I’d Like To Find.

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