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Grizzly Bear—With Wings 
Image by Joseph Scheer

Like a tiny fur coat, a dense layer of elongated scales covers Phyllodesma americana’s body, helping it retain heat. The rich pattern on the one-to-two-inch-wide (two-to-five-centimeter-wide) wings is formed by a layer of smaller charcoal, chocolate, and cream-colored scales. Body and wing scales shed easily, a characteristic that may allow the lappet moth to slip from the grasp of predators fooled into aiming for fluff instead of substance.



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