Malagasy birds as hosts for eye-frequenting moths.

  title={Malagasy birds as hosts for eye-frequenting moths.},
  author={Roland D. Hilgartner and Mamisolo Raoilison and Willhelm B{\"u}ttiker and David C. Lees and Harald W Krenn},
  journal={Biology letters},
  volume={3 2},
While tear-feeding in moths on mammals is widespread, there have been no reports of this behaviour in Madagascar and none on birds. We report that a moth, Hemiceratoides hieroglyphica belonging to the Calpini, a generally fruit-feeding or blood-feeding lineage of noctuids, attacks sleeping birds in Madagascar. This moth is able to intrude its sharply tipped proboscis into a closed bird's eye. The proboscis is characterized by a specific armoury of hooks, barbs and spines similar to that in… CONTINUE READING

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