venezuelan poodle moth Featured photo credit: Arthur Anker/Flickr

venezuelan poodle moth Featured photo credit: Arthur Anker/Flickr


Poodle Moth is Real

The bizarre Venezuelan Poodle Moth looks even weirder than the muslin moth. There was a picture taken by Arthur Anker, a zoologist from the Federal University of Ceara in Brazil several years ago. A picture similar to the fuzzy, white creature was found by Karl Shuker.

The muslin moth is a member of the lepidopteran family of Arctiidae but scientist are still trying to determine where the poodle moth belongs.

“Could it even be a species still undescribed by science?” Shuker wrote on his blog. ”Thousands of new insects are discovered every year in the South American rain forests, so it would be by no means unusual if Art’s Venezuelan poodle moth proved to be one, too.”

The moth has been all over the Internet and was determined not to be a fraud like a number of other strange animal mixes over the years. The moth is what one would expect in a neotropical ornamental moth.

The photo of the moth taken several years ago was taken in the Canaima Nationl Park of Venezuala’s Gran Sabana region.