Cryptoses choloepi: A Coprophagous Moth That Lives on a Sloth

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Science  09 Jul 1976:
Vol. 193, Issue 4248, pp. 157-158
DOI: 10.1126/science.193.4248.157


The larvae of the sloth moth, Cryptoses choloepi, live in the dung of the three-toed sloth, Bradypus infuscatus. Adult female moths apparently leave the fur of the sloth to oviposit when the sloth descends, once a week, to the forest floor to defecate. Newly emerged moths fly from the dung pile into the forest canopy to find a sloth.

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