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deinonychus commented on the word sloth moth
"Sloth moth is a generic term used to refer to coprophagous moths which have evolved to exclusively inhabit the fur of sloths and to use sloth dung as a substrate for the early stages of reproduction." (Wikipedia)
"The large variety of arthropods associated with sloths comprise two distinct feeding guilds – the haematophagous guild, represented by biting flies and ticks, and the coprophagous guild which comprises a unique assemblage of moths, beetles and mites which utilize the sloth principally for phoresis and whose larval stages feed and develop in the dung of the host sloth." (Wikipedia)
September 20, 2012
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