… and I shall call it… no, not Ben. That name’s taken.
This is Ben.
And this is a poodle moth (via Animal Story):
The photo’s all over the internet (especially via pinterest: there’s a particularly lovely image collection here). However, neither scirus nor google scholar searches return a scientific name for this lovely fluffy insect (& so I’m hoping the entomologists on Sciblogs can help out.
I do wonder, though, if that fluffiness could be a problem for those who go ‘squeeee’ & would like one for themselves: in Venezuela another species of hairy moth has been linked with skin & respiratory symptoms.
(This is a ‘lazy’ post as my brain is still virus-fogged. More normal service will resume as soon as possible.)