Calyptra thalictri, the “Vampire Moth”, is found throughout much of Asia and southern Europe, and has recently expanded its range as far north as Sweden. (Image source)

The adults mainly feed on fruit, using a barbed proboscis to drill into the juicy innards — but the males sometimes put these mouthparts to a use much more befitting of their common name. They’re known to pierce the skin of sleeping animals and drink blood, a form of “mud-puddling" behavior to obtain salts and other nutrients. These nutrients are then passed on to females during mating as a nuptial gift.

The male moths are capable of feeding from humans, but while the wounds they inflict are painful they’re not considered to pose any health risks.

Calyptra thalictri, the “Vampire Moth”, is found throughout much of Asia and southern Europe, and has recently expanded its range as far north as Sweden. (Image source)

The adults mainly feed on fruit, using a barbed proboscis to drill into the juicy innards — but the males sometimes put these mouthparts to a use much more befitting of their common name. They’re known to pierce the skin of sleeping animals and drink blood, a form of “mud-puddling" behavior to obtain salts and other nutrients. These nutrients are then passed on to females during mating as a nuptial gift.

The male moths are capable of feeding from humans, but while the wounds they inflict are painful they’re not considered to pose any health risks.

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