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Extremely rare new clearwing moth species discovered in Thailand’s rainforest!


Melanosphecia paolo from Thailand is a new, metallic blue species of the extremely rare genus Melanosphecia, known until now only from New Guinea and Borneo. With its spectacular colouration, long hind legs and an incredible illusion of a wasp-waist, complemented by behavioural imitations, this clearwing moth is a striking spider wasp mimic. The discovery has been published in Zootaxa (2019) 4695: 295–300.

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