Swarms of the flying insects have been descending on towns across the country in their thousands.
Like a scene from a horror movie, walls and surfaces across Malaysia have been crawling with huge numbers of furry winged insects in recent weeks. Despite measuring up to 16cm in length however the moths are considered harmless and officials have emphasized that there is no need for alarm.
Science is a road trip and facts are the photos we take on the way, the fuel that propels us is ignorance.
Posted 18 June 2014 - 01:52 PM
(Read this with a southern accent in mind).. We have mosquitos that big in Tennessee. It feels like you were hit by a car when they stab you with their sucker part and if they are not finished with their meal, they will fly off with people still attached.
Im 6'5 and 130kg retired boxer and former South african strong man competitor, and nothing makes me run faster than moths or butterfly's!they absolutely terrify me! Swarms of 6" moths is worse than any nightmare!
Ive officially scored Malaysia off my bucket list holiday destinations!
All this hand-wringing over moths. I guess superstitions die hard in some areas.
In Costa Rica this March we were treated to a swarm of diurnal Urania Swallowtail Moths, they are quite similar in shape to the pictured Malaysian moth, but have electric green markings, as pretty as any tropical butterfly. They were migrating across Central America.
Where I live we also have the very large Black Witch Moths, which also in times gone by had much superstition attached to them. Personally I think they're neat, and no one died the last time one flew into our yard. But Luna Moths are by far the most beautiful moth in our area, but quite rare this far south.
I feel kinda sorry for moths. Leaving your home town for the bright lights of the city doesn't always end well. Find an old lamp, there's usually dead moths inside it. Plus, they are generally regarded as the ugly, insane and annoying members of the butterfly family. Poor wee moths.
"The place where optimism flourishes the most is the insane asylum."
Posted 18 June 2014 - 03:18 PM
"In China, moths are viewed as symbols of death as they represent the souls of deceased loved ones," said astrologer Cindy Wu. "It is therefore considered a serious taboo to kill moths or disturb them."
This is from the same country that gave us Confucius?
My daughter did have a "pet"caterpillar that produced a moth rather than a butterfly. It had a scary face, like it was angry and was going to get out of it's coffee jar and attack you. She did release it to the wilds of North Carolina, where I'm sure it found a nice piece of woll to eat.