CLEARWING FOUNDATION FOR BIODIVERSITY
Research – Conservation – Education
Inspired by butterflies with clear wings, aware of the
environmental challenges of our times
ClearWing Foundation for Biodiversity supports rising
talents, research projects and education campaigns
aimed at increasing knowledge of the natural world
and spreading awareness of the importance of its
conservation through direct action on both a local and global scale
Heterosphecia tawonoides Kallies, a “lost” species of clearwing moth known only from a single specimen from 1887 (the holotype, which is missing important morphological features), was observed and filmed for the first time in its natural habitat. Our studies have shown that it is associated with Malaysian primary lowland dipterocarp forests, ecosystems which are vanishing rapidly due to extensive human activity. This is the first record of H. tawonoides in Malaysia. Behavioral aspects, such as mud-puddling among bees and acoustic mimicry, are discussed and shown in a video. A morphological redescription, including features visible on live individuals only, is provided. The DNA barcode sequence is given, with comparison to closely related species.
A new species of clearwing moth, Pyrophleps ellawi, named in honour of ClearWing Foundation Co-founder, EL Law
A new species of clearwing moth, Pyrophleps ellawi Skowron Volponi, sp. n., is described from Peninsular Malaysia. Information on the habitat, time and conditions of moccurrence, flight and mud-puddling behaviour, functional morphology, and DNA barcode are also provided. Photographs and a supplementary video from the wild demonstrate the postures and behaviour of this species of Pyrophleps, whose remaining members were described only on the basis of pinned specimens. This is the
first record of this genus in Peninsular Malaysia.
ClearWing Foundation has established a cooperation with Plantzania (https://www.plantzania.com), an initiative aiming at spreading awareness and rising fascination of the natural world, especially among children, high school students and families.
Survey of clearwing moths in Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand. We are establishing a cooperation with the National Park authorities for future research in this highly biodiverse area.
Morphological and behavioural mimicry in clearwing moths – PhD project of ClearWing Foundation’s Vice- Chairman Marta Skowron Volponi. Marta is currently studying flight mimicry in bee and wasp-imitating clearwing moths of Malaysia and Thailand with the support of ClearWing Foundation!
Clearwing moth survey in rainforests of Queensland, Australia (beginning of 2018). There are only around twenty known species of clearwing moths in Australia. Queensland’s rainforests are highly biodiverse ecosystems and the potential for finding new species is very high. Follow us on Facebook for updates!
EDUCATION AND PUBLIC AWARENESS
ClearWing Foundation has established a cooperation with Plantzania (https://www.plantzania.com),
an initiative aiming at spreading awareness and rising fascination of the natural world,
especially among children, high school students and families.