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LACRYPHAGOUS MOTHS - feed on animal tears
buggirl:

Lachryphagous Moths Drink Tears
Holy crap!  I’ve never heard of this moth before.  Crazy..
Oh I found it on this person’s blog and here is what they had to say:
Tear-drinking moths have been known since at least 1928, when Time magazine reported the work of a scientist working in Argentina who  observed nocturnal moths sucking the tears of horses.  Similar reports  have come from Southeast Asia (water buffalo tears) and from Madagascar (birds’ tears).
“They  prefer the tears of large hoofed mammals, elephants, and on occasion  people, whose eyes will often be visited at night while asleep…The highly specialized Lobocraspis griseifusa does not wait for an animal’s eyes to moisten. When it has landed, it  sweeps its proboscis across the eye of its unfortunate host, irritating  the eyeball, encouraging it to produce tears. It can even insert its  proboscis between the eyelids, ensuring it can feed even while its host  is sleeping. Whereas a moth of the genus Poncetia goes to the  opposite extreme. It’s proboscis is so short it must cling to the  eyeball itself to drink. But it must be careful. If its weeping host  blinks, the moth is often crushed to death.”
Text from Matt Walker’s Fish That Fake Orgasms and Other Zoological Curiosities, via Uncertain Times.  Photo created by The Nonist. BoingBoing has blogged an article from the Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society about bees that drink human tears.
               

LACRYPHAGOUS MOTHS - feed on animal tears

buggirl:

Lachryphagous Moths Drink Tears

Holy crap!  I’ve never heard of this moth before.  Crazy..

Oh I found it on this person’s blog and here is what they had to say:

Tear-drinking moths have been known since at least 1928, when Time magazine reported the work of a scientist working in Argentina who observed nocturnal moths sucking the tears of horses. Similar reports have come from Southeast Asia (water buffalo tears) and from Madagascar (birds’ tears).

“They prefer the tears of large hoofed mammals, elephants, and on occasion people, whose eyes will often be visited at night while asleep…

The highly specialized Lobocraspis griseifusa does not wait for an animal’s eyes to moisten. When it has landed, it sweeps its proboscis across the eye of its unfortunate host, irritating the eyeball, encouraging it to produce tears. It can even insert its proboscis between the eyelids, ensuring it can feed even while its host is sleeping. Whereas a moth of the genus Poncetia goes to the opposite extreme. It’s proboscis is so short it must cling to the eyeball itself to drink. But it must be careful. If its weeping host blinks, the moth is often crushed to death.”

Text from Matt Walker’s Fish That Fake Orgasms and Other Zoological Curiosities, via Uncertain Times. Photo created by The Nonist.

BoingBoing has blogged an article from the Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society about bees that drink human tears.

 

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