Poodle Moth The Venezuelan poodle moth is a fuzzy little insect who was discovered in 2009 and still has yet to receive a scientific name. In fact, the critter was originally believed to be an Internet hoax. Very little is known about this moth, except his obvious desire to dress up like a cotton ball.
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Giant sabre comb horn cranefly, Tanyptera atrata with phoretic (hitch-hiking) pseudoscorpion, Pselaphochernes scorpioides. This cranefly really had me fooled – it effectively mimics a large ichneumonid wasp! It was moving quite fast and the first time I noticed it I simply failed to get a decent capture of it. I had just about finished my cursing for scaring it away when it returned. This time I was more careful and managed to get a few focused shots of it. I immediately noticed the…