posted on Aug, 29 2012 @ 02:26 AM
What an incredible looking creature! I find the location of its discovery quite suprising also. Of course Venezuela has some of the most diverse fauna
and flora in the known world, but the discovery of such a hairy critter, in such a typically warm and humid climate is fascinating. One must assume
that the hairs on this moth do not result in any overheating, but I must say that I am curious as to what purpose they serve.
The flight of moths and butterflies, like any other airborne species, is reliant on the ability of the wings and the body to which they are
attatched, to keep the creature aloft. This is usually achieved by ensuring that the creature is not overladen, and has a relatively stable shape in
flight. The hairs on this moth however, would seem to add needless weight, and would disturb the smooth flow of air over and around the body, causing
drag. If they do not cause increased air resistance, and are not also responsible for the creature being heavier than it needs to be, then I would be
very interested to hear how that is achieved, because cute as this little chap is, he does look rather impractical!