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The Dreaded Vampire Moth
« on: October 18, 2007, 02:14:46 AM »

The genus Calyptra is a group of moths in subfamily Calpinae of the family Noctuidae. They are a member of the Calpini tribe. whose precise circumscription is uncertain but includes a number of other fruit-piercing or eye-frequenting genera currently classified in the subfamily Calpinae [1].

The common name of many of these species, "vampire moth," refers to the habit that they have of drinking blood from vertebrates. According to a recent study some of them (Calyptra thalictri) are even capable of drinking human blood through skin [2]

Some species of this genus have been classified with genus name Calpe and they include
more than one blood-sucker.

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