Another reason to protect the Malaysian rainforests: We are home to the only known blood-sucking moth of the Lepidoptera order, the Calpe eustrigata.
But, major research on it has stopped since the 1970’s. I guess what David Quammen said generally about the lepidopteran species in his book, “Natural Acts” is true.
“Bimbos of the natural world: more beautiful and less interesting, arguably, than any other order of animals… they are, zoologically, so godawful boring to contemplate.”
I found a relevant book online on blood-sucking insects. Written by Michael Lehane, the book on the Biology of Blood-Sucking in Insects, can be found here.