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Feb 19, 2018 5:34 PM

Dangerous Brazilian butterfly/moth

I travelled to the Amazon basin a few years ago and travelled up the perfume river by boat. On the journey I was 'attacked' by a butterfly or moth during the day (Yes really!) It sprayed some kind of acid near my eye and even though I washed it with water soon after it was strong enough to remove two/three layers of skin over an area the size of a two pence piece. It happened very quick and I do not know what colour etc it was but it was definitely a large winged creature (not a fly) and I guessed some kind of butterfly. I saw a doctor a few days later and he knew immediately what it was and said it was a butterfly that regulary does this to cattle, near the eye, and that after breaking the skin with acid it then lays eggs in the broken skin. Nice eh! Anyway I have tried over the years to try and identify this butterfly but have had no luck whatsoever. Most lepidoptera lay eggs on plants and lots of people have laughed disbelievingly at me.. so please can anyone identify this species.. Thanks

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