12 Jan '18, 7pm

Moth rediscovered in Malaysia mimics appearance and behavior of bees to escape predators

Moth rediscovered in Malaysia mimics appearance and behavior of bees to escape predators

The Oriental blue clearwing (Heterosphecia tawonoides) was rediscovered in Malaysia’s Taman Negara National Park by Marta Skowron Volponi, a Ph.D. student at Poland’s University of Gdansk and lead author of a paper about the moth recently published in the journal Tropical Conservation Science. The moths have legs like bees, bright blue bands on their abdomens (bees in Southeast Asia can be a variety of colors, including blue), and furry bodies that resemble those of bees — though the moths’ “fur” is actually elongated scales. While the conservation status of the moths is unknown, Skowron Volponi found that the Oriental blue clearwing’s preferred habitat seems to be the banks of clean watercourses flowing through the primary rainforests of Malaysia — a country with one of the highest deforestation rates in the world. Polish researchers have rediscovered a moth in Malaysia t...

Full article: https://news.mongabay.com/2018/01/moth-rediscovered-in-ma...

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