Today is Tuesday and it’s time for a real monster a true monster. Meet the Calyptra or vampire moth!
The Calyptra is a genus of moths that differentiates in a way from common moths. The thing that is special about these insects is their diet. These nocturnal bugs are known so suck blood, which is why they’re also known as vampire moths! And if you think that these critters might only suck the blood of small critters you are wrong. Some species of vampire moth can penetrate human skin in order to feast.
To be honest I felt safe from these guys because I live in Denmark and I thought that these moths only lived far south. I found out though that recently these moths have been changing their habitat. Originally the vampire moth Calyptra Thalictri was native to Malaysia but they’ve been spotted as close to me as Sweden which is my neighbor country. I wonder when one of these guys will turn up in my country!
But I’m not trying to scare you guys… OK I am, but you should know that a bite from one of these guys is only slightly worse than a mosquito bite and that scientists believe that there is no health risk if you should become a meal for one of these guys! :)