New Primitive Moth FAMILY Discovered in Australia

It’s pretty cool when a new insect species is discovered. It’s even more exciting when scientists find a new genus. But a new family? That’s pretty amazing and doesn’t happen very often.

But it did recently, on Kangaroo Island in South Australia. This is the first time since the 1970s that a new family of primitive moth has been identified anywhere in the world.

This new moth family is called Aenigmatineidae. It is only known to contain a single genus (Aenigmatinea) and a single species called Aenigmatinea glatzella. Details of the discovery were published in the journal Systematic Entomology.

The moth – also known as the enigma moth – is covered in scales that appear gold and purple, and the edges of their wings have feathery fringes.

Read more at:

New ‘enigma’ moth helps crack evolution’s code

A new extant family of primitive moths from Kangaroo Island, Australia, and its significance for understanding early Lepidoptera evolution

Comments

  1. Wow. This is outstanding news. An actual “family” was discovered. Very rare indeed. Also, the specimen pictured is gorgeous. Love the feathered wings. Thank you for sharing the info!

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