Venezuelan Poodle Moth — Facts, Hoax, Pictures

The Venezuelan Poodle Moth — the almost unreal looking subject of the popular meme — is believe it or not, a real animal, not a hoax. The species was only recently identified, in 2009, but there are actually quite a few rather closely related moth species that look just as interesting/strange. The Venezuelan Poodle Moth — Artace sp, possibly A. cribaria — was first described in 2009 by