Image of the Day: Moth Resurrection

Entomologists have rediscovered a species of moth that was considered lost for 130 years. 

Dec 18, 2017
The Scientist Staff

The bee-mimicking moth Heterosphecia tawonoidesMARTA SKOWRON VOLPONIAfter not finding a single specimen for 130 years, the oriental blue clearwing moth Heterosphecia tawonoides was re-discovered by entomologists in the jungles of Malaysia. The species was known only from a damaged museum specimen that had been collected in 1887. It not only looks like a bee, it also behaves like a bee in real life, the scientists found. 

M.A.S. Volponi & P. Volponi, "A 130-year-old specimen brought back to life: A lost species of bee-mimicking clearwing moth, Heterosphecia tawonoides (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae: Osminiini), rediscovered in peninsular Malaysia's primary rainforest," Trop Conserv Sci, doi:0.1177/1940082917739774, 2017.