Tarantula Mimic Moth

Tarantula Mimic Moth Photo, Picture
  • Common Name: Tarantula Mimic Moth
  • Order Name: Lepidoptera
  • Family Name: Noctuidae

The moth members of this Order of insects include a large number of diverse families. Moth groups include micro moths, leaf miners, clothes moths, plume moths, ermine moths, burnets, geometrids, silk moths, sphinx moths, tiger moths, wasp moths, noctuids, underwings and many others.

While many moths have a reputation for being hairy beasts, this one takes the prize. This group has adapted to mimic the four forward facing legs of a fearsome tarantula. There are far more moths than butterflies with varied forms and coloration that rivals their butterfly relatives. Moths have often been associated with insanity for their habit of flying into flames at night. This unfortunate event is related to the moth confusing the light of a stationary flame to that of the moon which it uses in navigation during the night.