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Artace cribrarius
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lasiocampidae
Subfamily: Poecilocampinae
Tribe: Macromphaliini
Genus: Artace
Walker, 1855

Artace is a genus of moths in the family Lasiocampidae. The genus was erected by Francis Walker in 1855.[1][2][3]


"Venezuelan poodle moth"[edit]

In 2009, Kyrgyzstani zoologist Dr. Arthur Anker[4] photographed a moth in the Canaima National Park of the Gran Sabana region of Venezuela, and the photograph went "viral" on the internet,[5] including hoaxes claiming to be additional photos.[6] Anker initially captioned his photo as "Poodle moth, Venezuela", and later added " (Artace sp, perhaps A. cribaria)".[7]

Dr. John E. Rawlins from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History concurred with Anker's suggestion of the genus Artace for the identification:

Here’s my vote/guess to ID the poodle moth. The antenna is distinctive. "Lasiocampidae: Artace or a related genus, probably not Artace cribraria (presumably North America to Argentina, but nobody has revised this group from Mexico south). There are more than a dozen described South American species of Artace, but their delimitation, validity, and even their generic placement is uncertain. It will take two things to solve this problem: a comprehensive revision of Artace and kin, plus an actual specimen of a genuine “Venezuelan poodle moth.”[5]


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  2. ^ "Artace". - animals and plants. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  3. ^ "Artace Walker, 1855". Global Biodiversity Information Facility. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  4. ^ "Arthur Anker - Wikispecies". Archived from the original on 4 February 2020. Retrieved 4 February 2020.
  5. ^ a b Abad-Santos, Alexander (30 August 2012). "Venezuelan Poodle Moth Is the Internet's Favorite Pet This Week". The Atlantic. Archived from the original on 21 December 2022. Retrieved 21 December 2022.
  6. ^ Mikkelson, David (10 July 2013). "Venezuelan Poodle Moth: Photograph purportedly shows a newly discovered species of 'Venezuelan poodle moth.'". Archived from the original on 23 November 2021. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Poodle moth, Venezuela". January 2009. Archived from the original on 26 August 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2022.