Moth Species Named for the Cherokee The first Cherokee moth specimen outside the mountains was recently collected at Box Creek Wilderness Posted on July 10, 2014 by UPLLC

 

An adult male Cherokeea attakullakulla, the newly discovered Cherokee moth. Credit: Eric Quinter & J. Bolling Sullivan

An adult male Cherokeea attakullakulla, the newly discovered Cherokee moth. Credit: Eric Quinter & J. Bolling Sullivan

A small, drab and highly inconspicuous moth has been flitting nameless about its special niche among the middle elevations of one of the world’s oldest mountain ranges, the southern Appalachian Mountains in North America. A team of American scientists has now identified this new to science species as Cherokeea attakullakulla and described it in a special issue of the open access journal ZooKeysRead more of the story. 

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