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10 Animals That Look Like Monsters


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Venezuelan Poodle Moth
The Venezuelan poodle moth appears to be closely related to the muslin moth (pictured here). John Flannery/Flckr/CC BY-SA 2.0
The Venezuelan poodle moth appears to be closely related to the muslin moth (pictured here). John Flannery/Flckr/CC BY-SA 2.0

It has enormous, bulging black eyes. Long, brown, spiky antenna that stick out straight to each side. And a poofy, furry, white body. Put it all together and it becomes a terrifying look for a moth. And certainly something you wouldn't want to stumble upon flapping around your porch light.

This bizarre insect is a poodle moth, discovered in Venezuela in 2009. Dr. Arthur Anker of Kyrgyzstan was the person who found the poodle moth and wrote up its first description. Although the moth looks ghoulish to many, there are actually a number of other species that have a similar appearance, such as the muslin moth (Diaphora mendica) and the China silkworm moth (Bombyx mori) [sources: Ayre, Mikkelson].

The poodle moth doesn't have a Latin name, as it's not known what family it belongs to. But scientists say it's almost certainly in the Lasiocampidae family and the Artace genus. Oh, and about that furry coat: Although no one has yet stroked the poodle moth, its hair may not be as soft and cuddly as it looks. While animals grow hair for warmth, hairy insects use theirs for smelling and defense purposes [sources: Ayre, Science Explained].


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