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  • OT: GIANT F'NG MOTH(s)!!! o_O

    Out working in my shop... and a huge-ass moth blasts through the door and PLOP into my coolant tank. I fished it out but it is quite dead.

    Moments later another one comes warping in... circles my head then bolts out through the window.

    As I am typing this... there is another one... totally different than the previous two... hanging on the window-screen.

    I can see a smaller one (about the size of a Dorito crisp) on the wall under the light.

    So far as I can tell... the one in the coolant tank and the one that passed through are Cecropia moths and the one on the window is a Luna moth.

    Can't tell what the other one is.

    What a night to be without a camera.
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    Damn, and Hitchcock is no longer around to do "The Moths".
    .
    "People will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time they will pick themselves up and carry on" : Winston Churchill

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    • #3
      I end up with a lot of moths inside when I am running my telescope as I must go out to the deck to point it. They seem to like red light as if it were white light so they spend a lot of time fluttering around my computer work station.

      I hit on a way to fix that problem. They take rest breaks by landing on the ceiling above my red work light that is pointed up. I discovered that a few seconds with a 20 milliwatt UV laser pointer blinds them permanently. When they try to fly they hit the floor and stay there since they can't see the lights any more.

      Oh yeah, many of them are European Gypsy moths which require extermination along with Tussock moths that are killing my fir trees.
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      • #4
        Mothra! Call Godzilla.

        http://godzilla.monstrous.com/mothra.htm
        Tom - Spotsylvania, VA

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        • #5
          The two that Evan mentioned plus tent-caterpillar moths. Hate those things!

          I have no problem with the giant moths... those are cool. The one out on the wall bolted when I tried to get a closer look.
          "The Administration does not support blowing up planets." --- Finally some SENSIBLE policy from the Gov!

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          • #6
            saw a beautiful emporor moth the other day, landed on the skylight of my shop i think it was anyway it was bloody huge bout 2 1/2 inches with a lovely red underbelly, thier eys are just fantasic when the light catches them, dont know if they do much damage but they get attracted to the butterfly trees in my garden [dont know what the proper name is], theyr just big softys!
            mark

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            • #7
              Think YOU got problems ?

              The other morning when I arrived at work I thought I saw what looked like a small bat fluttering down at the end of the hall. It turned out to be an enormous hornet which I identified as an Asian Hornet. These things have a stinger between 1/4" and 1/2" long and carry a potent venom. I managed to take it down with WD-40 (yet ANOTHER use for WD-40) and placed him beneath a clear plastic cup which I glued to a thin piece of pexiglass. One of the contractors currently working in the building identified it as a Cicada Killer Wasp. One of our maintenance men said he found another one dead outside. The one I caught was a total of about 2" long and MEAN looking. I'd hate to be on the sh*t list of these babies. A swarm of them could do some serious harm.
              Last edited by DATo; 09-01-2011, 02:59 AM.

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              • #8
                Here in Germany a swarm of hornets attacked a group of school kids recently. Serveral of the kids had to be airlifted to a hospital.
                Location: The Black Forest in Germany

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                • #9
                  moth?

                  memory serves me Mothra was replace by Super Mothra in 1962!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Grind Bastard
                    The two that Evan mentioned plus tent-caterpillar moths. Hate those things!

                    I have no problem with the giant moths... those are cool. The one out on the wall bolted when I tried to get a closer look.
                    That is something I've been wondering about for years, What does the moth of the tent caterpillar look like? And No I havent checked
                    wikipedia. :-) Is there a pix there.? :-)
                    ...lew...

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                    • #11
                      Tent caterpillar moths are relatively small and drab. Cecropia moths are larger and quite gorgeous in my opinion - we used to have them in the pecan tree orchard every year.

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                      • #12
                        Ran in to several of these while in the field yesterday. Got the be the sleekest moth I have ever seen. Looks like the Wally Yacht of the moth world.

                        http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/s...saJaySmith.jpg
                        James Kilroy

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                        • #13
                          That looks like a military moth. I'm surprised it isn't all black.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Evan
                            That looks like a military moth. I'm surprised it isn't all black.
                            Stealth moth...

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                            • #15
                              Stealth moth.
                              There may be some truth to that. I wouldn't be the least surprised if that shape doesn't reflect ultrasound well.
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