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… and I shall call it… no, not Ben. That name’s taken.

This is Ben.

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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.

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(This is a ‘lazy’ post as my brain is still virus-fogged. More normal service will resume as soon as possible.)