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Malaysia invaded by giant 6-inch moths

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 12:37 PM

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.

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 12:40 PM

6 inches?! I've seen 12 inch ones before at genting highlands

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 01:38 PM

We have some pretty big moths around here in Northern Ontario. Luckily they don't really do much other than laze around on the front door.

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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.

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 02:16 PM

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!

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 02:24 PM

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.

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 02:38 PM

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.

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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.

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 08:17 PM

Maybe they could borrow Godzilla, hes awesome at fighting moths. :clap:



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Posted 18 June 2014 - 09:16 PM

hmm I wonder how long before they end up on the menu.  :w00t:

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Posted 18 June 2014 - 09:51 PM

You beat me to my punny Mothra comment Mr. ET, damn you! j/k

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 12:01 AM

They are kinda pretty!

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 12:29 AM

Because of the heat and amount of rain this year Northern states in the U.S. are being eaten alive by  " Black Fly's " . Their a REAL PROBLEM . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_fly

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 09:19 AM

Amazing specimen, fortunately I have no phobia of Moths so i can appreciate the beauty of the example, but I can imagine those with an aversion to them will be running for the bloody hills by now :o

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Posted 19 June 2014 - 11:46 AM

I live in Malaysia but I see no sign of such moths whatsoever. It wasn't even in the local news. Wonder who made up such stories.

Engulf cities by the thousands? LOL, I couldn't even see a single one, today or in last 20 years.

Edited by woopypooky, 19 June 2014 - 11:48 AM.

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