We all know that mosquitoes are “vampires” in that they suck the blood of humans. However, did you know that there is a type of moth that also sucks human blood? Eight species of vampire moth in the Calyptra genus, which has seventeen species in all, have sucked human and mammal blood in the wild. Two of the species drank human blood in a laboratory.  The only good news about these creepy vampire moths is that most of them live in countries other than the United States- think Asia, Japan, China, Africa, and India. One of the species does live in the United States, however it does not thirst for human blood. 




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Vampire Moths Suck the Blood of Vertebrates, Including Humans

Vampirism — piercing or cutting animal skin to suck or lap up blood — is known throughout the animal kingdom. Mosquitoes come to mind, plus ticks, mites, vampire bats, and the vampire finch of the Galapagos Islands. But … vampire moths? Yes indeed …

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