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Species of Moth Mimics a Spider

lygodium spider moth siamusotima aranea spider mimics moth

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 11:15 PM

Now this is an example of mimicry at its finest! This newly discovered species (2005) of moth dubbed the Lygodium Spider Moth (Siamusotima aranea) is so named for its preference of feeding on Lygodium species, an invasive Old World climbing fern, and has markings on its wings that make it look just like a spider with orange, spindly legs! This moth mimics a spider so well that I couldn’t even tell what it was at first when I saw the picture from far away!



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Posted 01 June 2013 - 11:24 PM

Ewwwww!!!!! I hate spiders :no: .
Interesting tho how the moth does that.

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 12:06 AM

View PostLady Shade, on 01 June 2013 - 11:24 PM, said:

Ewwwww!!!!! I hate spiders :no: .
Interesting tho how the moth does that.

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 02:59 AM

Cool.  In that first picture it even has a look as if its about to charge.

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 09:48 PM

I love moths and how they adapt and evolve to survive.. Especially the Humming Bird Moth.

Edited by xsas, 02 June 2013 - 09:48 PM.

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 09:51 PM

Tricky little fellows.

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