Moths & Butterflies

This will be a short post.  It doesn’t take a lot to explain my fascination with the winged-insects.  I was interested long before I knew there was a family of moths called Hadena.  That was just a bonus.

First, moths and butterflies do not seem to fear humans.  I find that unique and intriguing.  Why don’t they have the natural fear that most insects have?  From beetles to earthworms, most harmless insects flee at our presence.  Those that don’t flee, tend to suck, usually blood; mosquitoes, ticks,and fleas can cause pain and disease.  Flies may not suck our blood, but they are nasty and their regurgitation techniques can leave painful welts.  Some flies are worse than others (common flies aren’t that bad, horseflies are rough, tsetse flies make me cringe).

Second, they have a wide range of colors, shapes, and sizes.  The designs can be delicately beautiful, delightfully intricate or stunningly simple, yet they are all attractive.

Third, and this one is a little morbid, as beautiful as they are, they serve a purpose.  Both are known to feed on decaying flesh, whether it be human or animal.  Dying in a butterfly house is a really bad idea because they enjoy feasting on the rotting flesh.  I don’t know why, I have always been told they like sweet things, but I suppose that they like not so sweet things as well.  I believe this is why they are so often associated with spirits and spiritual communication.  It is much better to think these beautiful creatures are giving us signs from beyond the grave than to think of them hanging out, hoping to catch a meal after a loved one has passed.

This sums it up.  My fascination is a mixture of curiosity and wonder.

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