M. A. Skowron Volponi, et al., Tropical Conservation Science, 24 November 2017

Researchers find moth last seen 130 years ago

A moth masquerading as a shimmering blue bee has been rediscovered after 130 years. A damaged museum specimen collected in 1887 is the only previous evidence such a creature existed, The Guardian reports. Now, Polish researchers have spotted 12 of the oriental clearwing moths in Malaysia’s lowland rainforest collecting salts and minerals among the bees they look, act, and sound like. But how much longer this lost species lingers is tenuous, the researchers suggest in Tropical Conservation Science. The moth’s habitat is disappearing from rapid deforestation.

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