Mustaches always get the ladies. Just ask the newly found Australian pygmy moth. It didn't just get named by researchers the "Casanova" moth for nothing:
Researchers say they named the newly designated subgenus "Casanovula" (within the genus Pectinivalva) because these metallic-colored species sport mustache-like patches that seem to helpthem lure females by spreading their scent.
These patches — which look like overlapping shells up close — can be found on their front legs, wings or abdomen and they are thought to help disperse scent from a close range during courtship of the female.
Romantic bouquet: The male Pectinivalva minotaurus has two kinds of shell-like scent scales on the abdomen to woo the female. Image: Landcare Research and Naturalis Biodiversity Center.
One of the group's more remarkable species is Pectinivalva (Casanovula) minotaurus, named for the bull-headed Minotaur of Greek myths. The male of this species has two different kinds of the scent-spreading tufts on its abdomen and huge, bizarrely flattened antennae, researchers say.
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