Saturday, July 26, 2008

Moth Dust and moth "gross"ness

I've had a couple of discussions lately about moths.

Chris thinks that its stupid to be scared of Moths but like Butterflies. My response to this is that Moths are gross because they run into you and get "Moth Dust" on you.

(which is actually SCALES of their wings coming off, and butterflies have it too. But Butterflies don't crash into me repeatedly)

I mentioned this conversation to my Dad who accused me of making up "Moth Dust" until he looked online and all the articles refering to "moth Dust"

Chris' argugment is still that I wouldn't be afraid of Moths if they were pretty like butterflies...and to tell you the truth...I found this photo on Flickr tonight, and honestly if all moths looked like this I'd at least be curious about them...

This guy is apparently called a Rosy Maple moth, which according to wikipedia actually exists (I was thinking it must have been photoshopped. but...

The rosy maple moth (Dryocampa rubicunda ) is a North American moth in the Saturniidae family. Males have a wingspan of 32-44 mm; females of 40-50 mm. They have reddish-to-pink legs and antennae, yellow bodies and hindwings, and pink forewings with a triangular yellow band across the middle. Males have bushier antennae than females. As the name implies, rosy maple moths mainly feed on Maples, particularly Red Maple, Silver Maple, and Sugar Maple. Sometimes these moths become pests on maple trees.

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