Paulina Wodecka

Paulina Wodecka

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First known photograph of the Poodle moth (Artace sp, perhaps A. cribaria), Venezuela  taken by Dr. Arthur Anker while at the Gran Sabana National Park.  See the series of photographs taken by Dr. Anker on his flicker feed. (by artour_a, via Flickr)

Recently discovered poodle moth photographed by taxonomist Dr Arthur Anker during a recent trip to Venezuela. Poodle moth isn't its official name though, that's just what people are calling it until it can be properly classified.

Sռaҡ Bʊttɛʀʄʟʏ,  fooled me when I first saw this picture!

Atlas Moth (Attacus Atlas) ~ the tip of the moth's wing is camouflaged to resemble the head of a distinctive cobra snake. When disturbed, the Atlas moth falls to the ground and writhes about to complete the illusion.