My cat eats those things.
Mothra strikes again...
A lot of tears? That needs major explaining so I can have a good laugh.
Thanks for boxing the moth up and putting it outside.
It's obviously to promote the season finale of Venture Bros on adultswim.com this afternoon
@1: no, the wing edge is all wrong. I dunno what it is. Beautiful, though. Tears, really?
Moths come inside to die. They've already mated and now they're breaking down on a cellular level. Their eyesight fails, they cannot fight the outside breeze, and they seek refuge with us in our bright, windless shelters. Please, offer them some peace during their final hours.
I'd like to know who cried. My money is on Mudede.
@7, thanks for the clarification...or at least elimination of a suspect!
When I was a kid down in southern Indiana, cecropias and lunas would darken a room when they flew in front of a light. But I always thought they were beautiful, and no cause for tears!
That tiny thing? We had moths that were about ten inches across where I grew up. My best friend was fucking terrified of them.
Poor bunch of babies - I hope you don't ever get some real infestation of winged horrors...
Ugh...I'm fucking terrified of moths. I'd be crying too.
For god sakes you screaming queens, moths don't even have mouths.
I think y'all need to make Paul a trophy out of a Ken Doll, a block of wood, and a bottle of gold paint, and the trophy says "Bravest Writer of the Year", and it's holding a tiny box with a paper mache moth in it.
Miss Jarvie at 8: the most beautiful Slog comment this week, at least. Now I am drunk.
First Bigfoot sighting/capture now this. What's next?
You guys are fucking pathetic. Were you on something at the time?
Don't you hate smart ass slog/blog comments?
Do these comments really make people posting anonymously feel superior or super charged after a long day of sitting like a blob at a computer trying to say something they think is witty
Make them log in so we know who they are. Make them accountable for comments instead of cowardly hiding behind an anonymous post.
I post less and do not come to the strangers blog because it is bogged down with crap. It is not interesting anymore because no one is accountable for what they say.
Unaccountability is what makes Slog fun, silly.
It's Ascalapha odorata, the black witch moth.
They are huge and often mistaken for bats.
Moths are more wondrous than butterflies - definitely worth taming a fear for. Check out Joseph Scheer's "Night Visions | The Secret Design of Moths."
You need to get a bat. No silly- not baseball- mammal.
you should be proud of our city that such a creature lives in it. it is testament to the (comparative) health of our environment.
i take every new bird species i see in my neighborhood as proof that we're doing better.
i'd have been running for the internet to figure out what species it was.
Seeing new species living in an area should not be interpreted as the ecosystem "doing better".
It may be that because of climate change or human carelessness and habitat destruction, animal and plant types have been pushed into to different parts of the world.
Native species are often wiped out when new predators move in. For example, most of the animal and plant life in the Hawaiian islands is non-native, and thousands of native Hawaiian species are now extinct.
And let's not forget the most dangerous invasive species of all.... Man! We've killed off almost all the large animals in the world, which were not prepared for a predator like us.
Sam @24: don't be a fool. Moths are migratory, and these ones are commonly found as far north as Canada. It's not indicative of anything.
Miss Poppy @21, thank you for your identification and very educational link. Moths kick ass -- except for the millions of flour moths that are infesting our house right now, despite having cleaned out every corner of every cupboard.
Kelly O and Ari Spool give common house moth can of Rize, common house moth drink Rize, freak out, Mothra out, COMMON HOUSE MOTH BECOME MOTHRA!
MOTHRA WILL INVADE STRANGER OFFICES THROUGH OPEN WINDOW, FREAK OUT PUNY SUPERSTITIOUS STRANGER STAFF!
And no, I don't feel like letting it go.
Not that anyone will actually read this now, but last night after reading this post I hopped into the shower to find a giant moth waiting for me, next to the shower head.
Needless to say I did my best Janet Leigh impression for this beast... including *almost* ripping down the shower curtain on my way out.
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