Since then, photos of the real-life fairy have surfaced in fits and starts, and really caught on in 2012. "A Venezuelan poodle moth is mystifying researchers, baffling the internet, and confusing everyone at a first casual glance," one article astutely put it.
The fairy-like moth was likened to all kinds of other fuzzy moths, as well as to mythical creatures and Pokemon characters.
Rawlins guessed that the creature could be "Lasiocampidae: Artace or a related genus," but that it will take a close examination of an actual specimen of a genuine Venezuelan poodle moth to be sure.
It doesn't appear that a specimen has surfaced since Rawlins gave his best guess, based on the photograph.
Even though more information on this real-life fairy doesn't appear to have been discovered since the buzz died down, the moth's photo is magically flitting around the internet. And, in a way, it makes the moth even more elusive and mysterious ... just like a fairy.