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Friday, February 24, 2012

A Moth with a taste for wine.

Did you know that a new species of Moth has been discovered in North Italy which has a taste for Chardonnay.

It was first found in 2006 but they were unable to identify it. After examining the genetic code it has been identified. The moth is quite common in North America but had not been named. The new species now bears the name Antispila oinophylla and had previously been confused with a North American species (Antispila ampelopsifoliella).

The generic investigation found that the new species prefers grapevines (rather than Virginia creeper). In North America it feeds on species of wild grapes.

3 comments:

Ragged Robin said...

Ooh - a post on moths :D!

Interesting story that Pete. Unusual for a species not to be named!

Pete said...

I would argue it's a post on wine!!!

Ragged Robin said...

Well, at least the moth has good taste :D!