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Happy National Moth Week!

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I love random weird holidays, and obviously I love moths, so you can imagine my excitement when I just discovered that the last week of July is National Moth Week! πŸ˜€

In celebration I thought I’d share some of my old moth-inspired drawings as well as some fun facts about my blog’s whimsical little namesake.

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Fun Fact #1: Although the moths I drew in the image above are fluttering around in the dark, not ALL moths are nocturnal. Some are out and about in the daytime and some of them are even important pollinators. Some of our daytime pollinating moths are even confused regularly for other pollinators such as bees or even hummingbirds.

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FUN FACT #2: The world’s smallest moth, the Stigmella Maya, comes from Mexico with a forewing measuring in at a mere 1.2 millimeters. On the other end of the spectrum, we have the well-named Hercules Moth, with the largest ever documented boasting a whopping wingspan of 36 centimeters!

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FUN FACT #3: I was very surprised to learn this just recently, but those feathery fluffy antennae that many of us associate with moths, is actually a trait specific to male moths.

FUN FACT #4: There are some moths, like the Luna Moth, who do not even have a mouth and survive only long enough to breed. An adult Luna Moth will only live a few short days.

Well, that’s it for my little National Moth Week appreciation post! What do you think of moths? What’s your favorite kind?

12 thoughts on “Happy National Moth Week!

  1. Those are some fun moth facts that I did NOT know! I can’t wait for you to get a moth tattoo one day. I see moths and they just scream you to me now lol. πŸ˜›
    I would have to say that my favorite moth is the Luna moth BUT to be perfectly fair, I only know the names of two moths, Luna and the Death’s Head moth. So clearly, I need to expand my moth knowledge and I would probably end up with a new favorite.

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  2. Haha great post. Happy National Ignited Moth Day I say. A moth with no mouth? What the crap? Poor thing. I like the sound of the Hercules Moth. Very cool. We get tiger moths here which are pretty big. I’d say the biggest I’ve seen is about 10 – 15cm’s. My whole family has a fear of moths. They don’t like how they flutter. I’m always called upon to get rid of the moths haha. I never kill them though and I don’t touch them either. I read somewhere that if you touch them you destroy the weird hairy scaly powdery things on their wings which means they can’t fly. I catch them in a glass and release them outside. It’s also my job to catch spiders and any other bugs that find their way into our home haha.

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    1. Thank you!! πŸ˜€
      Haha I have a friend who is also very fearful of moths. Thanks for gently releasing them instead of just killing them like most people do! πŸ™‚ I’ve read that, too, about their wings now that you mention it. That’s an interesting fact I should have included!
      I am ashamed to admit that spiders get no mercy in my home. If I find something less creepy I’ll take it outside though. πŸ™‚

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