National Moth Week 2018

If you’ve been following along on instagram, I’ve shared a few moth week posts and even got to spread the word outside of my typical range of followers with an illustration featured on drawing app Paper by fiftythree‘s page. Sometimes it’s just fun to geek out over something, you know? I love finding little niche interests to dive into, and while random knowledge about moths doesn’t necessarily serve a major purpose in my daily life, I think it makes life a little more full and interesting to learn about all that you can.

I think that’s part of why I dream of writing and illustrating children’s books. Kids are always so eager to learn about little things like bugs and such and I think sometimes we lose that wonder as adults. Bugs become just bugs. But there’s so much to learn about the simplest creatures. Like how the tails of luna moth wings confuse bat sonar in flight to allow them to avoid being eaten. And the reason moths leave “dust” behind is that their wings are covered in tiny scales which can be shed freely so that if they fly into a spider web, they don’t stick and can escape. That’s also the origin of the name for the order that encompasses butterflies and moths: Lepidoptera, from the Greek “lepido” (scale), and “ptera” (wings).

I don’t really want to go on here because just summarizing facts is no fun, haha. But I would love to give you a few links for further reading if you want some great moth resources to check out. 🙂

7 reasons moths are amazing

National Moth Week official page

LepSnap: Free, universal field guide for Lepidoptera

Facts about Lepidoptera

New children’s book about moths

“As an educator that’s what I was really all about, is to get people to see things that they don’t normally see, that have been there all the time. And you go, ‘Oh my god, how could I have overlooked that?’ […] That’s what it is really, a sense of awe and wonder”

Loved this other moth illustration shared by FiftyThree

Electron micrograph image of moth wing scales

So, since tomorrow is the last day of National Moth Week 2018, maybe go out “mothing” or just wink at the little guy you spot fluttering by your porch light, because moths are cool and you know what’s up. 😉 Peace out, moth week.

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