Moth Mouths

mothDid you know many species of moths have no mouths? Like this luna moth, for example, with its spectacular 5-inch wingspan.  No mouth, though.

The reason is they need to be thinking of sex at this end-stage of life, not food, the opposite of people.  Food is our big interest.

But without food, they can only live about a week to have all the sex they can, and this focuses their attention. If they cannot find a mate in that time, they probably should not reproduce, anyway. Maybe people should be designed that way, too.

Other moth facts:

  • There are ten times more species of moths than butterflies, 11,000 in North America alone. This is more that all the bird and mammal species combined.
  • Some moths mimic bird droppings.  (“Wow, you look like crap, today.” “Thank you, thank you.”)
  • A male moth can smell a female moth 7 miles away.  (Is that good?)


About Roger Walck

My reasons for writing this blog are spelled out in the posting of 10/1/2012, Montaigne's Essays. They are probably not what you think.
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