Origins of an enigmatic genus of Asian butterflies carrying mythological names decoded

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  • April 18, 2017
  • A group of rare Asian butterflies which have once inspired an association with Hindu mythological creatures have been quite a chaos for the experts. In fact, their systematics turned out so confusing that in order to decode their taxonomic placement, scientists had to dig up their roots some 43 million years back. Now, having shed […]

    Portuguese moth’s mystery solved after 22 years

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  • March 7, 2017
  • An unknown moth, collected from Portugal 22 years ago, has finally been named and placed in the tree of life thanks to the efforts of an international team of scientists. The moth was unambiguously placed in the family of geometer moths (Geometridae), commonly known as loopers or inchworms due to the characteristic looping gait of […]

    Gehry’s Biodiversity Museum – favorite attraction for the butterflies and moths in Panama

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  • March 6, 2017
  • Ahead of Gehry’s Biodiversity Museum‘s opening in October 2014, PhD candidate Patricia Esther Corro Chang, Universidad de Panama, studied the butterflies and moths which had been attracted by the bright colours of the walls and which were visiting the grounds of the tourist site. The resulting checklist, published in the open access journal Biodiversity Data […]

    Moth gift: Winner of an eBay auction thanks his mother by naming a new species after her

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  • February 20, 2017
  • The loving son presented the name to his mother on St. Valentine’s Day Winner of an eBay auction Steve Mix received the opportunity to pick the name for a new species of satiny-white winged moth collected from the white gypsum dunes of the White Sands National Monument, New Mexico. A fan of butterflies and moths […]

    New moth in Europe: A southern hemisphere species now resident in Portugal

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  • January 25, 2017
  • As travelling in the 21st century is easier than ever, so is for species to make their way to new areas, sometimes increasing their distributional range, or even establishing whole new habitats. On the other hand, when they leave their natural predators and competitors behind, and find abundance of suitable resources somewhere else, they are […]

    New species of moth named in honor of Donald Trump ahead of his swearing-in as president

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  • January 17, 2017
  • Days before Donald J. Trump steps forward on the Inaugural platform in Washington to assume the role of the 45th President of the United States of America, evolutionary biologist and systematist Dr. Vazrick Nazari named a new species in his honour. The author, whose publication can be found in the open access journal ZooKeys, hopes […]

    A colorful yet little known snout moth genus from China with 5 new species

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  • January 5, 2017
  • A group of beautiful snout moths from China was revised by three scientists from the Institute of Zoology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. In their study, recently published in the open access journal Zookeys, entomologists Dr. Mingqiang Wang, Dr. Fuqiang Chen and Prof. Chunsheng Wu describe five new species and two newly recorded for […]

    35 years of work: More than 1000 leaf-mining pygmy moths classified & catalogued

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  • October 31, 2016
  • The leaf-mining pygmy moths (family Nepticulidae) and the white eyecap moths (family Opostegidae) are among the smallest moths in the world with a wingspan of just a few millimetres. Their caterpillars make characteristic patterns in leaves: leaf mines. For the first time, the evolutionary relationships of the more than 1000 species have been analysed on […]

    Moth genitalia is the key to snout grass borers from the Western Hemisphere

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  • March 1, 2016
  • Two scientists have produced an illustrated key to define the subtle differences between the 41 species of snout moth grass borers that currently dwell in the Western Hemisphere. The researchers conclude that the adults moths are too tough to tell apart by external characters, and therefore, the only way to identify the species is by […]

    1,541 snout moth species and counting in the United States and Canada

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  • January 20, 2016
  • The present snout moth list contains a ten-percent increase in the number of species since 1983. For the last thirty-three years snout moth specialists in the United States and Canada have been describing species new to science and recording species new to these two countries. Scientists have also published studies resulting in major changes to […]