A 130-Year-Old Specimen Brought Back to Life

Main report: Bee-mimicking moth rediscovered after 130 year
(in situ Science)
Other Reporting: Video by M Skowron-Volponi and P Volponi
Scientific Paper: Tropical Conservation Science   
New Taxa: Heterosphecia tawonoides
Categories: Insects | Lazarus Species
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A moth has been observed and filmed for the first time in its natural habitat, 130 years since only specimen was collected.  A clearwing moth known only from a single specimen from 1887 (which is is missing important morphological features), was observed and filmed for the first time in its natural habitat.   The moth’s known ecosystem is vanishing rapidly due to extensive human activity.  The authors recently filmed and described a new wasp-mimicking clearwing moth from the same area.

Heterosphecia tawonoides puddling on a dry leaf washed out by the river.

A wasp-mimicking moth
New species of wasp found by college student

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