The Venezuelan Poodle Moth is a new discovery that was found in the secluded rainforests of Venezuela. This is one very strange looking little moth. First seen and photographed by Arthur Anker a zoologist from Brazil's Federal University of Ceara. This moth is seen by some as a cuddly little critter, while other sees a very scary replica of a Gremlin. With very large, dark eyes that add to its mystery it also has horns that appear to spring from its beautiful white fur. It is believed this new moth is a close relative to the Muslin Moth also known as Diaphora Mendica.
The Venezuelan Poodle Moth a very real character with a cute, fuzzy doglike appearance falls right into its character of a Neotropical ornate moth. In the South American rain forests every year there are thousands of new insects discovered. It is believed that this newly discovered moth is part of the Arctiidae family but not enough has yet been learned about the new moth to accurately categorize it.
There are over 11.000 species that have been identified around the world with some 6,000 from the area where the Venezuelan Poodle Moth was discovered, one of the many reasons it is so difficult to properly identify the specific species to which this little moth belongs. The tiny moth has a very small wingspan of about one inch and could belong to an unknown species or one of a kind adding to its mystique. If this moth is a member of the Muslim moth family it is relatively harmless feeding on herbaceous plants.