Mythical Creatures and Mini Beasts

This fun series introduces lesser know creatures to the world and attempts to categorise them as scientifically as possible…

  1. Heterocera Oculus: The Wide Eyed Moth

A moth is an insect related to the butterfly, both being of the order Lepidoptera. Most of this order are moths. There are approximately 160,000 species of moth, with thousands of species yet to be described.

Unlike all other moths, the Wide Eyed Moth is not attracted to light. Instead it prefers the sound of live music. One theory among Lepidopterists (those who study moths) is that the wide eyes on the Wide Eyed Moth are used to see the sound waves that are generated when loud live music is played.

The famous Lepidopterist and soul singer James Brown, when he first witnessed the Wide Eyed Moth’s behaviour exclaimed those immortal words, ‘Get on the good foot!’, mistaking the creature’s reaction to sound for a leg injury.


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