Planthopper Parasite Moths (Epipyropidae)
…is a small and unique family of Zygaenoid moths whose larvae are ectoparasites. Epipyropid moth larvae are typically associated with Fulgoroid planthoppers, with some species like Epipomponia nawai specializing in particular species, in this case Tanna japonensis ( a species of cicada). Like other ectoparasites Epipyropid larvae will attach themselves to their selected hosts, where they will begin to feed on their bodily fluids until they pupate.
An Oriental Bay Owl Dragon! (sporting a blind right eye)
Someone posted an oriental bay owl on their tumblr today and the inspiration just hit me like a truck! I’m exceedingly shaky with color as this was a great first-step to reintroducing myself to it. So here you have it, a semi-speed paint as I fought with a particularly finicky brush that I decided to use for the first time! It’s really messy and sloppy, but I enjoy the result nonetheless. c:
Thanks for lookin’!