Venezuelan Poodle Moth
This adorable and alien-like furry animal was located by a zoologist, the Dr. Arthur Anker, in the Canaimá National Park in Venezuela. Named the Venezuelan poodle moth, it was found and photographed in 2009 and not seen ever since, but we promise it’s real.
The moth is often mistaken on the web with images of other furry moths, such as Bombyx mori but experts agree it most likely belongs to the Lepidopteran genus Artace. However, the one existing photo does not show sufficient detail to determine whether it belongs to a described species or one new to science so the exact provenance of the Venezuelan poodle moth stays a mystery.
This discovery gives a lot of hope to scientists, thousands of species are found every year in the South American rain forest and there are so many other exciting species to discover.