It began with one image and then became an obsession. Strange how that happened after their dive bombing antics and continuous bouncing off the porch lights bordered on the annoying.
But it took just one image for the evolution to begin. Virtually overnight, moths transitioned from irksome to fascinating. And the incessant need to grab the camera each morning to see who stopped by is only a tad disconcerting.
The following images are of moths from all shapes and sizes. The species of each moth is currently being evaluated. Some are bland but beautiful in their simplicity, others are incredibly stunning.
According to Bug Guide.net
, "the related word "motte" in German shows that "moth" was inherited from the ancestral language that gave rise to both German and English. The Old English form" Bug Guide explains was "moþþe."
says that "once a cocoon is spun, the caterpillar turns into a mushy soup during metamorphosis."
And powder-coated wings? Contrary to popular belief the website said, moth's wings are not covered with powder, but with "thousands of tiny scales and hairs.
Moths navigate using the stars and are attracted to light through a process called 'phototaxis', an organism's automatic movement toward or away from light. Moths are positively phototactic said How Stuff Works.com
On March 13 2009, Butterflies and Moths.org
added 59 new Montana records of butterflies and moths to its database. With National Moth Week
coming up between July 23-29, what better way to celebrate than sharing some of Montana's finest specimens?